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PROCEEDINGS 
OF THE 



GRAND CHAPTER 

of 

ROYAL ARCH MASONS 

OF CANADA 

IN THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO 




-1964- 



ONE HUNDREDTH AND SIXTH 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION 



TORONTO, ONTARIO 



APRIL 21, 22, 1964 







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THE 

GRAND CHAPTER 

OF 
ROYAL ARCH MASONS OF CANADA 

IN THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO 
ONE-HUNDREDTH AND SIXTH 

ANNUAL CONVOCATION 



A. D. 
1964 




A. Inv. 
2494 



Held in the Royal Ycrk Hotel, Front St. West 

TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA 

TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY, APRIL 21 and 22 

AD. 1964, A. Inv. 2494 

Ordered to be read in all Chapters and preserved 



FRASER HAY, M.D. 

Grand Z. 

165 Victoria Ave. N., 

LISTOWEL.. ONTARIO 



ROBERT J. HAMILTON 

Grand Scribe E., 

514 Temple Bldg., 

TORONTO 1, ONTARIO 



BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH 



FRASER HAY, M.D. 

Most Excellent Grand First Principal 



Born in Stratford, Ont., October 3, 1910. 

Son of Robert Fraser and Elizabeth Ann Hay. 

Married December 31, 1938. 

Wife's name Gertrude Lillian. 

Educated Stratford and Owen Sound. 

Graduated from University of Western Ontario, London, with M.D. 
degree, June, 1937. 

Interned at Harper Hospital, Detroit, Mich.; Fellowship in Pathology 
at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio; resident in surgery 
at St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Joseph, Miss. 

Religion: member of the Listowel United Church of Canada, of 
which he is an elder. 

Business and civic activities: He is in medical practice in Listowel, 
which began in October, 1940 He is a member of the Canadian Medical 
As'sociation and a past president of the Listowel Medical Society; past 
president of the Listowel Kinsmen Club; past deputy governor of Kins- 
men Clubs, District No. 2; past president of the Boy Scouts Association, 
which he held for five years. He is a member of the Listowel Curling 
Club. 

Masonic record: 

Life member of Bernard Lodge No. 225, Listowel, where he was* 
initiated, passed and raised November 17, 1942; was Worshipful Master 
in 1953; a Past District Chairman Masonic Education North Huron Dis- 
trict; Past Grand Junior Deacon, Grand Lodge of Canada in the Province 
of Ontario. 

He was exalted in Bernard Chapter No. 146 Royal Arch Masons, Lis- 
towel, on December 11, 1943, and was installed their First Principal Z. on 
January 14, 1949; elected Grand Superintendent Huron District No. 6, 
April, 1956. 

Grand Third Principal J. in 1959-60. 

Grand Second Principal H. in 1961-62. 

Elected Grand First Principal Z. in 1963. 

He is the Grand Representative of the Grand Chapter of Argentina 
near the Grand Chapter of Canada, 

He is a life member of Royal City Lodge of Perfection, Guelph 
Chapter, Rose Croix, Guelph, of which he is Past Most Wise Sovereign, 
and of the Moore Consistany, Hamilton, Ont.; Honorary Most Excellent 
Grand President of the Order of High Priesthood of Ontario; life member 
of St. Elmo Preceptory No. 22, Stratford, Ont., and Past Preceptor; 
Honorary Past Sovereign, Conestoga Conclave No. 12, Kitchener, Ont., of 
the Masonic and Military Orders of Knights of the Red Cross of Con- 
stantine, W.H.S., and St. John the Evangelist; a life member of Mocha 
Temple A. A. O.N. M.S. of London, Ont., and an elected member of the 
Divan; member of Royal Order of Jesters; a member and Past President 
of Pal Mocha Shrine Club; a member of the Directors' Staff of Mocha 
Temple, a member of Emmaus Tabernacle No. XLVII, Holy Royal Arch 
Knight Templar Priests, Hamilton, Ont. 

His hobbies are colored photography and travel. 




FRASER HAY, M.D. 

LISTOWEL - ONTARIO 

Most Excellent Grand Z. 

1963-4 



4 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

GRAND CHAPTER OF ROYAL ARCH MASONS OF CANADA 
IN THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO 

PROCEEDINGS 

The One Hundred and Sixth Annual Convocation of the Grand Chap- 
ter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the Province of Ontario held in 
the Royal York Hotel, Toronto, Canada, on April 21 and 22, 1964. 

M. Ex. Comp. Fraser Hay Grand Z. ) r»„ Qy ,j 

Rt. Ex. Comp. James E. Girven Grand H. } r«*:\ 

M. Ex. Comp. Charles W. Emmett Grand J. j <- ouncli 

PAST GRAND Zs 



M. Ex. Comps. John M. Burden, Fred W. Dean, Clarence MacL. Pitts, 
John L. House, Maurice A. Searle, Bruce H. Smith, Charles W. Emmett, 
Melville S. Gooderham. 

R. Ex. Comp. S. Ernest Stevenson Grand Chaplain 

M. Ex. Comp. Fred W. Dean Grand Treasurer 

R. Ex. Comp. Robert J. Hamilton Grand Scribe E. 

R. Ex. Comp. A. G. Ness Grand Scribe N. 

R. Ex. Comp. Earl J. McKeever Grand Principal Sojourner 

V. Ex. Comp. George Smith Grand Senior Sojourner 

V. Ex. Comp. A. Wolfraim Grand Junior Sojourner 

R. Ex. Comp. John M. Hood Grand Registrar 

V. Ex. Comp. John E. Richardson Grand D. of C. 

V. Ex. Comp. D. S. MacLachlan Grand Outer Guard 

GRAND SUPERINTENDENTS 

R. Ex. Comp. Fred Yardley St. Clair District No. 1 

R. Ex. Comp. A. James Facer London District No. 2 

R. Ex. Comp. Chas. Herbert Swatriclge Wilson District No. 3 

R. Ex. Comp. John Newing Edwards Wellington District No. 4 

R. Ex. Comp. Clifford George Lewington Hamilton District No. 5 

R. Ex. Comp. William Henry Reed Huron District No. 6 

R. Ex. Comp. Norman Farrington Niagara District No. 7 

R. Ex. Comp. Ernest William Bath Toronto East District No. 8 

R. Ex. Comp. Henry Walter Clark Toronto West District No. 8 A 

R. Ex. Comp. Burton Mansell Conron Georgian District No. 9 

R. Ex. Comp. Arthur George Coppin Ontario District No. 10 

R. Ex. Comp. Lome Edward Vaughan Prince Edward District No. 11 

R. Ex. Comp. William Harold Gummer St. Lawrence District No. 12 

R. Ex. Comp. William Cecil Carson Ottawa District No. 13 

R. Ex. Comp. Lambert John Oscar Sundin Algoma District No. 14 

R. Ex. Comp. William Brown Walker New Ontario District No. 15 

R. Ex. Comp. Kenneth Griffin Temiskaming District No. 16 



GRAND CHAPTER OPENED 

A constitutional number of Chapters being represented by their 
qualified officers, the One Hundred and Sixth Annual Convocation of the 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the Province of On- 
tario was opened in Ample Form at 10 a.m. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1964 5 

DISTINGUISHED GUESTS 

The following distinguished guests were introduced by the Grand 

Director of Ceremonies V. Ex. Comp. John E. Richardson and assistants: 

MOST EXCELLENT GRAND CHAPTER ROYAL ARCH MASONS OF 
CONNECTICUT 
M. Ex. Comp. Iver A. Erickson, Grand High Priest. 

GRAND CHAPTER ROYAL ARCH MASONS OF MICHIGAN 
M. Ex. Comp. Russell A. Chrest, M. Ex. Grand High Priest. 

GRAND ROYAL ARCH CHAPTER OF NEW HAMPSHIRE 
M. Ex. Comp. Gordon H. Baker, M. Ex. Grand High Priest. 

THE GRAND CHAPTER OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK ROYAL 
ARCH MASONS 
M. Ex. Comp. Sylvanus F. Nye, Grand High Priest. 

THE GRAND HOLY ROYAL ARCH CHAPTER OF PENNSYLVANIA 
Comp. Ralph J. Fogle, M. Ex. Grand High Priest. 

GRAND ROYAL ARCH CHAPTER OF THE STATE OF RHODE 
ISLAND AND PROVIDENCE PLANTATIONS 
Comp. Charles A. Richardson, M. Ex. Grand High Priest. 

GRAND CHAPTER OF ROYAL ARCH MASONS OF VIRGINIA 
M. Ex. Comp. Benjamin E. Chapman, Grand High Priest. 

GRAND CHAPTER ROYAL ARCH MASONS OF ALBERTA 
M. Ex. Comp. W. N. Martin, Grand First Principal. 

GRAND CHAPTER ROYAL ARCH MASONS OF MANITOBA 

M. Ex. Comp. A. L. Lamont, Past Grand First Principal, represent- 
ing M. Ex. Comp. A. Eric Jones. 

THE GRAND CHAPTER OF ROYAL ARCH MASONS OF QUEBEC 
M. Ex. Comp. George Silverman, Grand First Principal. 

GRAND CHAPTER ROYAL ARCH MASONS OF SASKATCHEWAN 
M. Ex. Comp. Lome Johnson, Past Grand First Principal, represent- 
ing M. Ex. Comp. John W. Hill and M. 111. Kt. Comp. of the Masonic 
and Military Orders of the Knights of the Red Cross of Constan- 
tine, Grand Sovereign. 

GRAND COUNCIL OF THE ORDER OF HIGH PRIESTHOOD OF 
ONTARIO 
Comp. R. W. E. McFadden, M. Ex. Grand President. 

GRAND COUNCIL OF ROYAL AND SELECT MASTERS OF ONTARIO 
Comi). Charles M. Muir, M. 111. Grand Master. 

THE SOVEREIGN GREAT PRIORY OF CANADA OF THE UNITED 
ORDERS OF MALTA AND THE TEMPLE 
R. Ex. Comp. F. C. Ackert, the M. Em. Supreme Grand Commander. 

SUPREME COUNCIL 33° ANCIENT & ACCEPTED SCOTTISH RITE 
OF FREEMASONRY FOR THE DOMINION OF CANADA 
Ex. Comp. R. Coulton Berkinshaw, 111. Bro. Sovereign Grand Com- 
mander. 

GRAND LODGE A.F. & A.M. OF CANADA IN THE PROVINCE OF 
ONTARIO 

M. Wor. Bro. and Comp. J. A. Irvine, Grand Master. 
M. Wor. Bro. and Comp. Ewart G. Dixon, Grand Secretary. 

The Grand First Principal Fraser Hay extended a warm friendly and 
cordial welcome to all his guests and announced: "All Royal Arch Masons, 
in good standing and properly vouched for, will be made welcome during 
the Convocation." 

MEMORIAL SERVICE 

By the Grand Chaplain R. Ex. Comp. Rev. S. Ernest Stevenson 
Organist: Ex. Comp. Roy Pannabecker 
Solo: "Beyond the Sunset" by Comp. Val Taylor 
The delegates ioined in sineing "God Save the Queen," "My Country 
Tis of Thee" and "0 God, Our Help in Ages Past." 



6 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

INVOCATION 

Lord, our God, Most Holy, we acknowledge Thee our Supreme 
Guest; yet we Thy humble guests. To Thee we offer our love and devotion, 
in this high moment, for we have found Thee able to match our every 
need of humility, suffering or service or for personal achievement with 
the inspiration of Thy presence. So believing we stand to consecrate unto 
the glory of Thy Most Holy Name and Being this Convocation. For this 
purpose may every Companion radiantly continue in worthy service. 

We acknowledge with great gratitude the labors of the Grand Coun- 
cil throughout the year and for this occasion along with the unremitting 
service of all officers to whom much was entrusted. We offer to Thee the 
work of all the Chapters under this jurisdiction. Crown with Thy gracious 
blessing the work before us with true success. Let every officer who has 
finished his task in that office be blessed as he stands aside or proceeds 
to greater responsibility. Give to each one who shall be called to office in 
this Convocation true preparedness. 

All of which we ask and claim through Thy most High and Holy 
Name. Amen. 

They Who Have Chosen Well . . . 

Joshua 24: 27 — And Joshua said unto all the people: "Behold, this 
stone shall be a witness unto us for it hath heard all the words of the 
Lord which He spake unto us. It shall be therefore a witness unto you, 
lest ye deny your God." 

This stone which Joshua had had set up hard by the sanctuary of the 
Lord was in its effect a sort of coping-stone, in this way: Joshua had 
challenged the people to make a choice, clear and unequivocal, between 
serving other gods or serving the Lord God of Israel, saying, As for me 
and my house, we will serve the Lord. His work was done, he had led the 
conquest of Palestine, the land given unto Abraham. He would die as he 
had lived, serving the Lord. 

Joshua, like every good man you know, like a Mason of right mind, 
is like Milton's description: 

"He that has light within his own clear breast 
May sit in the centre and enjoy bright day." 

Every age has known such noble, stalwart men, men who have made 
the great choice. They who in youth and in crisis passionately stand 
before the Being of Ineffable Name and serve Him with their living, and 
their very lives are lights that show up the utter darkness of evil, the 
unclean filthiness of greed, selfishness, self-glory and the mind of the 
bully. 

They also stand out like the sun and the moon and the stars, each in 
the measure of his God-enriched soul a guide through wilderness and 
desert to the land of final and eternal fulfillment. Sir Walter Raleigh, in 
answer to the executioner's question if the place for his head would be 
comfortable, answered, "It matters not how the head lies if only the 
heart be right." 

1 salute those who, whatever rank they held, were sojourners and 
our companions till the gates of the temple not made with hands stood 
ajar and they have entered in. 

Glorious things of thee are spoken, Zion, city of our God — What 
glorious things? It is the abode of God; all perfection is there; the noble- 
souled who companioned with the Lord are its ornaments, greater in mul- 
titude than the stars of the infinite skv. 

Blest inhabitants of Zion, 
Washed in the Redeemer's blood, 
Jesus, whom their souls rely on. 
Make them kings and priests to God. 
Sometimes, my Companions, I have stood in lodge or Chapter with 
the sign of Fidelity; never having worked with the brother or Companion 
whose passing to others present was a deep unforgettable heartache, then 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1964 7 

something would come over me that laid a portion of other men's sorrow 
on my soul. It hardly ever fails to happen when some stranger to me is 
returned to a local cemetery and I am requested to act in place of the 
family minister. Thus if one can feel for the stranger, no wonder God 
feels for these who have become strange to Him and is ready to redeem. 
And we see with new clarity how deep is the love of God, behind the 
Psalmist's words, "Precious- in the sight of the Lord is the death of His 
saints." 

Of our beloved Companions, enriched with labor in the quarry, who 
have cleared the rubble often from their own or another's progess, who in 
perseverance and reverence have learned the secret things of worthiness, 
faith and revealed truth and to us and others have striven to obey the 
Golden Rule, let us say, These are among the perfect works of God Thus 
shall we remember in love; emulate their nobility, honor them with all 
virtue in our persons, and in our own final venture beyond the gates 
above the winding stair or Jacob's ladder. 

In this life, these whom we remember with love and honor, like we 
ourselves, are brought experience by experience to that High Noon where 
fresh light breaks through to our souls and the humble altar of His 
presence within us. There beyond those eternal gates the glory never 
fades, where no sun or moon or stars are needed, the Lord God Omni- 
potent shall gather the generations of His own to shine like stars. 

"For they shall see His face, and His name shall be on their fore- 
heads," and "The Lord God giveth them Light, and they shall reign for 
ever and ever." 

Dr. Hartley Dewart, great Canadian, has written a morning song, 
"Shadows on the Curtain," of which I have used stanza three. 

Then I drew the broad curtain aside, 

And looked out on the beautiful world; 

The dew-drops were flashing, and wide 

Were the banners of beauty unfurled. 

The leaves that had silently flung 

Their shadows to darken my room, 

Each answered with musical tongue 

To the zephyrs that played with its bloom. 

And thus it may be, 

At life's ending, with me, 

When death rends the curtain away, 

I may rise to behold, 

In beauty unrolled, 

The morn of a shadowless dav. 

CLOSING PRAYER 
_ Let us pray. Eternal and Compassionate Father, God, Master of the 
Universe, Thou who delightest to sojourn in companionship and watchful 
guardianship with all who trust in Thee and strive to walk in Thy ways, 
and who look to that eternal Temple wherein our beloved Companions are 
enthroned amongst the redeemed, we too would push on guided by the 
light of Thy presence from whom all goodness, especially in us, emanates. 
Sustain and recompense the families who have g-iven them back to Thee. 
Of them we may say as does the Book of Wisdom: "The souls of the 
righteous are in the hands of God, and no torment shall touch them." 

And having borne a little chastening, they shall receive great good, 
because God made a trial of them and found them worthy for himself. 

For in the Lord is their reward, and the care of them is with the 
Most High. Therefore shall they receive a glorious kingdom and a crown 
of beautv from the Lord's own hand. 

Praise to Thee, Almightv God, that we are privileged to follow after 
them, to build an arch of virtue, and by Thine acceptance, to dwell with 
Thee forever. Amen. 

Closing hymn, "Guide Me, Thou Great Jehovah." 



8 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

PRESENTATION OF PAST GRAND Zs 

The Grand Z. Most Ex. Comp. Fraser Hay requested the Grand D. of 
C, V. Ex. Comp. John E. Richardson, to present the Past Grand Zs. The 
following were present: 

M. Ex. Comp. John M. Burden, Q.C., 1943-44. 

M. Ex. Comp. Fred W. Dean, 1947-48. 

M. Ex. Comp. Clarence MacL. Pitts, 1949-50. 

M. Ex. Comp. John L. House, 1955-56. 

M. Ex. Comp. Maurice A. Searle, 1957-58. 

M. Ex. Comp. Bruce H. Smith, 1959-60. 

M. Ex. Comp. Charles W. Emmett, 1961-62. 

M. Ex. Comp. Melville S. Gooderham, 1957 Honorary. 

The Grand First Principal Fraser Hay extended a very sincere and 
cordial welcome to the Past Grand Zs, after which Grand Honors were 
accorded. 

M. Ex. Comp. Hay expressed regrets' of the Grand Third Principal. 
Rt. Ex. Comp. Reginald J. Lewis, of his being unable to be present at 
this Convocation and of his wishes that the Convocation would be most 
successful. 

The Grand Scribe E. was directed to send the following telegram to 
Rt. Ex. Comp. Lewis: "Dear Reg. The entire Grand Chapter Executive 
wishes to express their disappointment in not having you with us today. 
All send our very best wishes." 

TORONTO DISTRICTS 8 AND 8A ADDRESS OF WELCOME 

To the Most Excellent the Grand First Principal Fraser Hay, M.D., 
Officers and Members of the Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Can- 
ada in the Province of Ontario; the Most Worshipful John Alfred Irvine, 
Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons 
of Canada in the Province of Ontario; distinguished guests from our sister 
Capitular Jurisdictions in Canada and the United States, and representa- 
tives from all Masonic Bodies, the Companions of Toronto Districts No. 8 
and No. 8A welcome this opportunity to extend to you our warmest and 
most sincere fraternal greetings on this the One Hundred and Sixth An- 
nual Convocation of our Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada 
in the Province of Ontario. 

We humbly express to you our appreciation for the great honor and 
pleasure you have bestowed upon us in permitting us to host such a re- 
union as this, our Annual Convocation of Grand Chapter. We hope and 
trust that your journeying to this great city was pleasant, that the many 
deliberations of this Grand Council with and through its various commit- 
tees may be enlightened with wisdom, understanding and celerity, and 
finally that your sojourn amongst us may be most pleasant, indeed, un- 
forgetable. 

To you, Most Excellent Sir, we express sincere appreciation and ad- 
miration for the outstanding contribution you have made to Royal Arch 
Masonry. We know that as a medical doctor your time, talents and capa- 
bilities are always in great demand; however, you still manager to con- 
tribute more of these valuable assets to many other fields of endeavor, 
especially Capitular Masonry. We are all very conscious of the tremen- 
dous responsibilities that are borne by the Most Excellent the Grand 
First Principal in carrying out the efficient governing of such a fraternal 
body. You have spared neither time nor effort in endeavoring to promote 
the high ideals embodied in our order. The high standards set by your 
predecessors you have maintained and enhanced with gracious dignity, 
and _ through your guidance and leadership you have most certainly 
merited the confidence of all Companions with whom you have come in 
contact. 



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9 



Many of us have been privileged on several occasions to share your 
congenial friendship and dynamic leadership during receptions held in 
your honor. The genuine warmth of your companionship on all occasions 
endears you to the hearts of all. 

May we express to you, Most Excellent Sir, our united wish that the 
Great Jehovah will spare you for many years to come and grant you ex- 
cellent health, that you may fully enjoy the fellowship of your Com- 
panions and that Royal Arch Masonry may further benefit from your 
wisdom, knowledge and efficacy. 

To this address, Most Excellent Sir, you will find attached a list of 
all ruling principals for both Toronto Districts No. 8 and 8A for the years 
1963 and 1964. 

Presented this 21st day of April, 1964. 



DISTRICT No. 8 

1963 1964 

St. Andrew and St. John No. 4 

K. L. Bellamy B. L. Garnett 

King Solomon's No. 8 
L. Roberts G. R. Plumpton 

York No. 62 
H. B. Wilkinson D. B. Filsinger 

St. Paul's No. 65 
W. A. Fry R. A. Dorroll 

Orient No. 79 
W. A. Smith E. S. McDougall 

Succoth No. 135 
W. J. Morgan M. D. Feasby 

The St. Patrick No. 145 
M. A. Dobson T. H. W. Salmon 

The Beaches No. 163 
R. W. Baxter (2 yrs.) R. W. Baxter 

Victoria No. 205 
J. A. Bell H. Kirkby 

St. Alban's No. 217 
C. C. Kerr E v L. Coomber 

Beaver No. 225 
J. R. Dempster C. Woods 

Aurora No. 235 
H. Foote R. B. Brown 

University No, 241 
F. P. Oliver (2 yrs.) F. P. Oliver 

Tyrian No. 258 
F. E. Warne T. Buckley 

Scarborough No. 263 
H. F. Myers W. S. Wright 

Ernest W. Bath, 
Grand Superintendent 
Toronto District No. 8. 
W. Brown, Secretary 



DISTRICT No. 8A 

1963 1964 

Occident No. 77 

A. Lee J. Hutton 

Toronto-Antiquity No. 91 
E. Brown (2 yrs.) E. Brown 

Shekinah No. 138 
G. T. Ferguson G. Fillingham 

Peel No. 195 
W. B. Cannon M. Clark 

Mount Sinai No. 212 
I. Ingles S, Tenenbaum 

Mimico No. 215 
D. C. Reedie G. C. Mercer 

Ulster No. 219 
H. D. McLaughlan G. M. Miller 

Lebanon No. 220 
H. J. Rothwell P. McGregor 

Port Credit No. 230 
W. McDonald D. W. McFarlane 

The St. Clair No. 231 

N. E. Ware D. B. Ware 

(father) (son) 

King Cyrus No. 232 

R. Smith E. Barber 

Oakwood No. 233' 
H. Howard R. Griffin 

Humber No. 246 
D. C. Danby A. Douglas- 

Centennial No, 260 
W. D. Colliver C t M. Stewart 

Henry W. Clarke, D.C., 
Grand Superintendent 
Toronto District No. 8A. 
Bernard W. Spencer, 

Secretary 



M. Ex. Comp. C. M. Pitts responded with a few fitting remarks in 
which he voiced the pleasure and delight of Grand Chapter on the pro- 
gress of Capitular Masonry by our successors. 



10 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES 

The Grand Scribe E. commenced reading the minutes of the Proceed- 
ings of the One Hundred and Fifth Annual Convocation held in the city 
of Toronto, when it was moved by R. Ex. Comp. James- E. Girven, second- 
ed by M. Ex. Comp. Charles W. Emmett: 

Resolved — "That as the Proceedings of the last Annual Convocation, 
held Tuesday and Wednesday, April 23 and 24, 1963, have been printed 
and copies thereof sent to all the Chapters in this Jurisdiction, the 
recorded minutes be considered as read and the same is now confirmed." 

ORDER OF BUSINESS 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. James E. Girven, and seconded by M. 
Ex. Comp. Charles W. Emmett, and — 

Resolved — "That the order of business of this Grand Convocation be 
changed at the discretion of the Grand Z." 

COMMITTEE OF CREDENTIALS 

R. Ex. Comp. James W. Woodland, chairman of the Credentials 

Committee, reported that there are 158 warranted Chapters on the roll of 

Grand Chapter of which 148 Chapters were represented by the following: 

1— W. D. Johnston, Z.; W. H. Gummer, R. H. Seymour, P.Z's. 

2— John Jarvie, Z.; Ralph J. Cocks, P.Z. 

3— Edward Andrews, Z.; Chas. G. Smuck, John W. Gough, E. S. Gale, 

George Phipps, P.Z's. 
4— H. B. Pickrell, Proxy; G. G. Sheppard, V. L. Mutton, H. J. Mc- 

Caw, 0. B. Dickinson, P.Z's. 
5 — D. Keith Ratcliffe, Z.; Reginald W. Knapman, Reginald W. Norris, 
Arthur W. Ayre, James A. Kennedy, Leo N. Allen, Sophus Ped- 
ersen, P.Z's. 
6 — Fred Scott, Proxy; Henry W. Hewett, James Brownlie, J. E. 

Richardson, P.Z's; Alexander John Wilson, Z. 
7— Garth McCreary, Z.; E. C. Wood, L, E. Vaughn, M. Hancock, H. T. 

Adams, Yorke Bushell, P.Z's. 
8 — Gerald R. Plumpton, Z.; Fred J. Johnson, Arthur Otis, William 
Holywell, Horace Carr, Gordon A. McConnell, Roy Willmot, Wil- 
liam G. Dobinson, Sidney Burscough, P.Z's. 
15 — L. C. Ewener, Proxy. 
16 — Gordon Saunders, Z.; Lloyd B. Gillespie. J. Fred Markey, Claude 

Vickers, William Tennant, P.Z's. 
18 — Lome C. Currah, Z.; Kenneth Mansell, Alfred A. House, George L. 

Nutt, E. A. Thurlow, R. B. Town, P.Z's. 
19 — William S. Coolin, Proxy; Charles Porter, Leonard McMann, John 

Philip Hudson. P.Z's. 
20— Robert W. E. McFadden, P.Z. 
22— Robert K. Laushway, Z. 
23— G. R. Munn, Z.; F. L. Grigg, Proxy; W. Bradfield, 0. P. Richardson, 

F. M. Reid, W. S. Johnson, P.Z's. 
24— William J. Neely, Z.; W. H. Reed, George S. Atkins, R. H. Davies, 

George Smith, J. A. Swatridge, E. Huggins, P.Z's. 
26 — N. M. Sprague, Proxy. 

27 — Ernest Douthwaite, Z.; Duncan Mclntyre, B. M. Conron, F. C. Mel- 
ton, J. A. Kilsby, P.Z's. 
28— Victor Hollis Edward Hulatt, Z.; A. G. Coppin, J. R. Wheeler, D. 

W. Ives, R. H. McKelvie, P.Z's. 
29— Ewart Cass, Z. 



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30— William G. Treble, Z.; C. E. Laithwaite, Proxy; Hugh Hill, P.Z. 

31 — Clarence Brummell, Z. 

32— William B. Murphy, Z.; James Shepherd, Proxy; D. J. Marriott, F. 
C. Ackert, P.Z's. 

34_F. C. Green, Z.; R. A. Stewart, P.Z. 

35— David McKeag, Z.; Fred J. Gale, Proxy; H. W. Jermyn, C. W. Staf- 
ford, E. R. Stafford, L. F. Campbell, W. D. Price, A. F. Foute, 
P.Z's. 

36— J. H. Harris, Z.; B. H. Pammett, Proxy, J. E. Girven, E. W. Edmond- 
son, F. M. Warren, R. Mathews, D. Miller, P.Z's. 

37_E. J. McKeever, P.Z, 

40 — George Everett Milner, Z.; James A. Robertson, Proxy. 

41— Ben Sheldon, Proxy; E. A. Webber, P. V. L. Pedolin, Harry R. Nagle, 
P.Z's. 

44_C. G. Sexsmith, Z.; S. G. Weese, Proxy; A. V. Roy, J. Craven, W. C. 
Hogeboom, E. Zeran, F. K. Hill, P.Z's. 

45 — Rudolph A. Chapman, Z.; A. A. Wolfraim, A. A. Kemp, P.Z's. 

46— David Ecley, Z. 

47 — Howard Williston, Z.; Reginald Meen, Proxy. 

48— Donald J. Hare, Z.; A. W. Robertson, P.Z. 

54 — T. F. A. Longthorne, Proxy. 

55— W. A. Greaves, Z.; I. B. Collard, W. E. Brown, C. A. Larson, P.Z's. 

56— G. S. Matthias, P.Z. 

57— G. S. MacDonald, Z.; D. L. Winn, Proxy. 

59^T. Parkin, Z.; J. A. Greer, G. H. Gilmer, P.Z's. 

62— D. B. Filsinger, Z.; H. G. Gaskon, W. J. Grierson, C. M. Platten, G. 
A. Cooper, D. B. Young, Jos. Shield, J. M. Hood, H. B. Wilkin- 
son, P.Z's. 

63— C. G. Cottrill, Z.; J. W. McFadyen, C. 0. Bridge, H. J. Norman, 
P.Z's. 

64— C. E. Griffin, J. C. L. McKeand, P.Z's. 

65— M. S. Gooderham, H. B. Lane, P.Z's. 

67 — J. Fred Edwards, David A. Cox, L. E. Morphy, Frank B. Johnson, 
P.Z's. 

68— E. B. Dangerfield, Z.; Cecil D. Beckett, G. J. Purcell, P.Z's. 

69— A. Jarvis, Proxy; L. J. Colling, P.Z. 

71 — Russell McCagherty, Proxy. 

72— Burton Woodbeck, P.Z. 

73— Peter L. Lalonde, Proxy; Roy McEachran, Alfred Overfield, Fred 
Yardly, P.Z's. 

74— A. W. Holt, Proxy. 

75— Frank Chisholm, Z.; W. T. Randell, E. Harrop, John McKay, R. J. 
Hamilton, C. Lewington, Harold Smellie, Colin Smilie, P.Z's. 

76— Herbert Murray, Z.; A. G. Ness, Proxy; G. E. French, C. L. Dill, N. 
Farrington, P.Z's. 

77 — John Hutton, Z.; John M. Burden, Ormand E. Kennedy, George 
Elms, J. Earl Jenkins, Charles W. Emmett, Sam Bustard, Wil- 
liam Shearer, Dunbar Falconer, E. K. Hogaboom, Fred P. Wrat- 
ten, Percy R. Helm, Clifford Aikins, John L. Dobson, Albert L. 
Lee, P.Z's. 

78 — Bruce Dixon, Z.; Clark Hodgins, Proxy. 

79— Edward S. McDougall, Z.; A. H. Jones, Les Bramwell, Albert 0. 
Cook, A. S. R. Moxon, Joseph A. Hearn, P.Z's. 

80— Charles E. Hillman, P.Z. 

81— Reg McKie, Z.; H. P. Grant, Proxy; R. W. Stratton, P.Z. 

82— W. A. Cheetham, Z.; W. H. Cheetham, P.Z. 

83 — Herbert Reeve, Z.; Arthur W. Gillespie, Proxy. 

84 — Lawrie Cousins, Z.; K. M. MacLennan, K. H. Saxton, Alex Robert- 
son, Spence Scott, James Mair, Alex Corrigan, Carman Thomp- 
son, P.Z's. 



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88 — Grant Brandon, Z.; Elmer R. Paling, Stanley Hanks, Richard Cad- 
wallader, Edward H. Logan, Stanley Jones, Hugh M. Dunlop, Gor- 
don Higgs, Delbert J. McCauehrin, Rev. S. Ernest Stevenson, 

D. Frank Smith, Roy Jackson, P.Z's. 
91 — E. J. Brown, Z.; Alf Geary, Proxy; A. F. Tannahill, John Hewat, 

Don Calder, Clare Howes, Jack Bailey, W. L. Dixon, P.Z's. 
94 — G, McCombe, Proxy. 
95 — John Henry Vanderburg, Z.; George Shute, Proxy; William McKee, 

W. B. Walker, P.Z's. 
102— E. J. Powell, Proxy. 
103— A. J. Scott, Z. 
104 — Gordon K. Brown, Proxy; Stan Portch, Chas. J. Sherry, William S. 

Thomson, P.Z's. 
110— Elmer G. McKee, Z.; Harry Ewing, P.Z. 
112— Richard H. Hodgson, Z.; G. William Gorrell, P.Z. 
113— James Barlow, Z.; N. G. M. Tuck, P.Z. 
114— H. W. Hayhew, Proxy. 

115 — George Hamilton, Z.; J. L. Churchill, Proxy. 
116— Edwin M. James, Z.; J. C. Saunders, Proxy; W. H. Edwards, A. A. 

Wright, M. P. Morris, P.Z's. 
117 — John Prentice, Z.; George Harold Shannon, Proxy; Gordon Braby, 

William Roy Cooper, William Hemphill, Carl Jantzi, William E. 

James, Walter J. Leach, Allen C. Mason, Neil A. MacEachern, 

Justus E. James, Walter J. Leach, Allen C. Mason, Neil A. Mac- 
Eachern, Justus W. Stoner, Charles Fotheringham, W. Roy 

Cooper, P.Z's. 
119— Hubert Mills, Z.; J. A. Mclntyre, A. S. H. Cree, E. H. Brennan, 

P.Z's. 
129 — William Harold Cheoros, Z.; Stanley Earl, Raymond Robinson, 

P.Z's. 
130 — Ross De Long, Z.; Clifford Manning, Proxy; Floyd Wrightson, 

Larry Smith, W. E. Campbell, P.Z's. 
131— Ross Taylor, Z. 

132— Harry S. Trurman, Z.; W. Y. Tryon, A. L. Wheely, P.Z's. 
133— G. P. Marshall, Z.; G. A. Phillips, J. J. Carpenter, P.Z's, 
134— Lloyd G. Parliament, Proxy; C. McPhail, P.Z. 
135— M. D. Flasby, Z.; H. V. Watson, C. G. Armstrong, P.Z's. 
138— George Fillingham, Z.; James Percy, Proxy; G. G. Elliot, Earl H. 

Hughes, C. E. Wells, Jos. Benson, H. O. Hughes, B. W. Spencer, 

Henry Clark, Roy Pannabecker, P.Z's. 
140 — George A. Paper, Z.; D. Harcus, J. E. Forrester, P.Z's. 
145— T. H. W. Salmon, Z.; E. E. Reid, W. C. Johnston, W. E. Pomeroy, R. 

L. Carr, L. B. Morrison, T. R. Tompkins, R. A. Gibson, R. S. 

Woodward, P.Z's. 
146 — Elmer Johnston, Z.; W. H. Sargent, Frasey Hay, N. S. VanCamp, 

Douglas Kidd, Jack Gee, P.Z's. 
148— M. J. McLeod, P.Z. 
149— V. K. Crozford, Proxy. 
150— Thomas W. I. Gibson, Z.; Thomas Welch, John N. Duffy, Maxwell 

A. Doupe, W. Ernest Boyle, Arthur W. Burgess, P.Z's. 
151— Lloyd C. Phillips, Z. 
152—1. W. Smith, Proxy. 
153— E. K. Rupert, Proxy; John Burnett, P.Z. 



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155— Albert Martin, Proxy; John Calder, P.Z. 

161— Thomas Lloyd, Proxy. 

163— R. W. Baxter, Z.; Edgar E. Ritcey, E. W. Bath, W. L. Brown, D. C. 

Armstrong, A. T. Williams, P.Z's. 
164 — William Melnyk, Z.; Milton S. Thompson, Proxy. 
167— J. J. Robins, Proxy; R. R. Wilson, F. Whiteman, J. R. Parrott, L. 

Roberts, A. H. Steer, P.Z's. 
168— Harold Milne, Z.; W. H. Brady, P.Z. 
169— Edward Cleveland Rudd, Proxy. 
175 — Fred W. Dean, Proxy; John R. Dunbar, James H. Rogers, Ephraim 

Hudson, P.Z's. 
184— Thos. McHugh, Z.; William Rostron, H. S. Winkworth, H. W. Stouf- 

fer, L. A. Mann, P.Z's. 
195— M. Clark, Z.; W. B. Cannon, Proxy; H. Spratt, Hyatt McClure, J. E. 

Archdekin, P.Z's. 
198— William Lang Patterson, Z.; H. G. Graham, P.Z. 
205— Harold Kirby, Z.; C. W. Martin, Proxy; G. J. Hall, P.Z. 
205— Harold Kirby, Z.; C. W. Martin, Proxy; G. J. Hall, P.Z. 
210— Ray Taylor, Proxy; H. T. C. Humphries, P.Z. 
212 — Samuel Tenenbaum, Z.; Harry R. Fox, Max Cooper, Abraham Fox, 

Mort. L. Levy, Herman Ginsberg, Harry E. Savlov, Dr. Samuel 

Perlrnan, Samuel Abrams, Samuel J. Sword, Murray Fidler, 

Aube L. Weisman, Frank D. Weinstock, Milton Gottlieb, Syd B. 

Bederman, Neo Austin, Irving M. Ingles, P.Z's. 
213— H. H. Redden, Z.; A. E. Humphries, P.Z. 
214 — Burton Russell, Proxy. 
215— G. C. Mercer, Z.; W. B. Angst, Proxy; C. H. Eby, D. C. Reedie, 

P.Z's. 
217— Edward L. Coomber, Z.; A. H. Baldwin, Proxy; J. L. House, H. E. 

Walker, J. Turnbull, W. J. Webber, A. D. Murray, C. C. Kerr, 

P Z's* 
218— Robert Clark, Z.; Wilfred Newell, P.Z. 
219— Robert E. Story, Robert A. Boddy, Joseph W. McCullough, David S. 

MacLachlan, James S. Bremner, Leslie J. Collins, Garfield 

Anthony, George R. Sheard, Herbert L. Kesteven, Peter K. Tay- 
lor, P.Z's. 
220' — Percy McGregor, Z.; W. Frank Leuty, Proxy; J. Austin Evans, W. 

Howard Carr, William M. Creech, J. H. Dicken, W. A. McKague, 

A. E. Sharpe, Gordon H. Horner, Arthur R. Jefferson, Arthur 

R. McDougall, Horace A. Harris, George H. Rothwell, Herbert 

J. Rothwell, P.Z's. 
221 — Wilfred Ererar, Z.; Lome Armstrong, Jack M. Edwards, Allan 

Dawson, P.Z's. 
222— C. C. Dale, Z.; G. A. MacLeod, C. M. Pitts, H. R. C. Humphries, A. 

Mack, W. C. Carson, W. C. Pescod, P.Z's. 
223— William D. Harkins, Z.; J. C. Kincade, H. A. Jones, P.Z's. 
224— George Plester, Z.; John S. Drysdale, William H. Pace, H. Don 

Falkiner, P.Z's. 
225— Cyril Woods, Z.; John C. Day, Proxy; William Pendleton, John 

Broadfoot, Fred W. D. Welham, John T. Wallace, John E. Mc- 

Fadden, John R. Dempster, P.Z's. 
226— John R. Jordan, Z. 

227— Carmen Guest, Z.; Bruce H. Smith, Cyril McMullen, Alex Pierson, 
P.Z's, 

230— Thomas McFarlane, Z.; G. B. Jackson, D. J. McKee, R. Young, J. 

W. Arnold, P.Z's. 
231— James W. Woodland, Arthur E. Johnson, E. C. Shunk, Albert W. 

Johnson, William J. Bain, P.Z's. 



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232— Eric Barber, Z.; W. W. Lester, Proxy; F. W. Thorns, W. H. Ander- 
son, P.Z's. 

233 — Roy Griggin, Z.; W. E. Gardner, Proxy; J. Burns, G. R. Armstrong, 
G. W. Burnett, E. W. Humphreys, B. Alford, E. Burrell, D. Wil- 
son, G. H. Howard, P.Z's. 

234— L. Tracey, I. Noble, S. Penrice, P.Z's. 

235— Fred G. Hare, Harold Foote, P.Z's. 

236 — Fred Brown, Edgar C. Reid, Edward Burke, William Williamson, 
John Aldridge, P.Z's. 

238— Joseph Hessey, Z.; A. V. Sedgwick, B. S. Scott, William G. Chap- 
man, Eldon W. Mitchell, LaVerne E. Fortner, W. Leslie Davies, 
Clayton Hanna, W. A. Thomson, Law y rence Adilman, P.Z's. 

239— Peter Paisiovich, Z.; Ronald Nudds, P.Z. 

240— Sam Magder, J. N. Davis, P.Z's. 

241— F. P. Oliver, Z.; 0. R. Roberts, Proxy; E. Pickles, H. S. Biggs, J. E. 
Young, F. B. Cook, P.Z's. 

245 — Robert Wright, Z.; William Carry, Proxy; Frank Barton, Gordon 
Armstrong, P.Z's. 

246— A. Douglas, Z.; A. F. Nisbet, Proxy, J. W. Woodland, R. H. Taylor, 
A. F. Nisbet Jr., H. E. Harrison, H. B. Banks, P.Z's. 

247— W. L. Davies, Leo J. Gent, P.Z's. 

248— George R. Clarke, Proxy. 

249— W. Mansell Stacey, Z.; H. G. Freeman, P.Z. 

250 — Norman Spence, Z,; Allan Pye, Daniel Cooper, P.Z's. 

251— Charles S. Green, Z.; K. Griffin, P.Z. 

252 — Thomas W. Huggins, Z.; A. James Facer, Proxy; Harold Graham, 
P.Z. 

253 — J. P. Atherton, Proxy; Evan Thomas, Fred M. Given, Robert Hazen, 
P.Z's. 

255— Ronald Dean, Z.; Mervin Hicks, P.Z. 

257— Kenneth R. Shore, Proxy. 

258— F. C. Conley, P.Z. 

259 — Lambert J. 0. Sundin, Proxy. 

260 — W. A. McKague, Howard Carr, J. Hyatt McLure, Frank Leuty, 
P.Z's. 

261— S. M. Jackson, Z.; E. Lome Jackson, P.Z. 

262 — James Brownlie, Z.; John Richardson, Proxy; Fred Scott, P.Z. 

263— William S. Wright, Z.; W. J. Grierson, E. E. Reid, G. A. Cooper, 
H. P. Hopkinson, H. F. Myers, P.Z's. 

The following Chapters were not represented: Bruce No. 53, Granite 
No. 61, The Malloch No. 66, Golden No. 90, Glengarry No. 143', Pres- 
qu'ille No. 144, Lucknow No. 147, St. Paul's No. 242, McKay No. 243, 
Golden Star No. 254. 

148 Chapters represented 
10 Chapters not represented 

158 

There were 674 registered delegates having a total vote of 885. 
All of which is fraternally submitted. 

JAMES W. WOODLAND, Chairman 
J. BENSON, Vice-Chairman 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. James E. Girven, seconded by R. Ex. 
Comp. J. W. Woodland, and — 

Resolved — That the report of the Committee on Credentials be re- 
ceived and adopted. 



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GRAND REPRESENTATIVES 

The Most Excellent the Grand Z. directed the Grand Scribe E. to call 
the roll of representatives of sister jurisdictions when they assembled 
before the Altar. The following Grand Representatives answered their 
names: 

Argentina — Fraser Hay 
California — Don Calder 
Delaware — W. J. Grierson 
District of Columbia — Bruce H. Smith 
Florida — Melville S. Gooderham 
France — George Phillips 
Illinois — James W. Woodland 
Iowa— Carroll E. Griffin 
Ireland— Robert W. E. McFadden 
Kentucky— Rev. A. S. H. Cree 
Michigan — Fred W. Dean 
Minnesota — F. Carol Ackert 
Mississippi — H. T. C. Humphries 
Montana — David Harcus 
Nebraska — A. V. Roy 
Nevada — Victor L. Mutton 
New Hampshire — Norman M. Sprague 
New Jersey — G. Harold Shannon 
New Mexico — James A. Kennedy 
New South Wales — Fred J. Johnson 
New York — John M. Burden 
North Carolina — Benjamin S. Scott 
North Dakota — Leslie J. Colling 
Nova Scotia — Clarence MacL. Pitts- 
Oklahoma — Robert J. Hamilton 
Pennsylvania — John L. House 
Philippines — Charles W. Emmett 
Quebec — Maurice A. Searle 
Queensland — N. A. MacEachran 
Rhode Island — Edward H. Brennan 
Saskatchewan — James E. Girven 
Scotland — Andrew F. Tannahill 
South Dakota— J. C. Day 
Switzerland — L. B. Morrison 
Tennessee — Charles Fotheringham 
Texas — Allan C. Mason 
Utah— Lloyd B. Gillespie 
West Australia— E. C. Wood 
West Virginia — W. H. Sargent 
Wisconsin — Samuel Perlman 
Wyoming — George Shute 

Most Ex. Comp. Fraser Hay extended a warm welcome to the repre- 
sentatives and asked them to make contact with their respective Grand 
Chapters and thus strengthen the bond of our fraternal union with our 
sister jurisdictions. Grand Honors were given. 



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GRAND Z's. ADDRESS 

It seems hardly possible that a year has passed since 
assuming the high office to which you elected me, and I must, at 
once, give thanks to God for the help which he has supplied and 
the privilege He has given to us of meeting together again. 

We, of Grand Chapter are again indebted to the Toronto Dis- 
tricts 8 and 8 A for their invitation to meet in the City of Toronto, 
and for their sincere interest and support. Certainly the functional 
facilities and the beauty of setting as found here, is an important 
contributing factor to the success of our Convocation. 

It is a very distinct personal pleasure and an honour to ex- 
tend, on your behalf and my own, a very sincere welcome to our 
distinguished Grand Master, Most Worshipful Brother and Com- 
panion, John A. Irvine, and our equally distinguished Grand Sec- 
retary, Most Worshipful Brother and Companion Ewart G. Dixon, 
M.C., O.C. Your presence adds much to the importance of this 
occasion. You have our complete loyalty and devotion. 

It is always a great pleasure to welcome our distinguished 
guests from our Sister Jurisdictions in the Dominion of Canada 
and from the United States of America. We are pleased that you 
were able to be here and hope that your visit with us will be most 
enjoyable. 

We are also deeply appreciative of the presence here today 
of the official representatives of the Sovereign Great Priory of 
Canada, the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, The Knights of 
The Red Cross of Constantine, The Council of Royal and Select 
Masters, and the order of High Priesthood. It is indeed gratifying 
that harmony and understanding exists throughout all our con- 
tacts and relationship. May all of us be drawn closer together in 
our common endeavours, and in the practice of our fundamental 
precepts. 

IN MEMORIAM 

The passing of another year has taken its toll on many of our 
membership and while their names and deeds will be recorded 
in the report on Fraternal Dead, I must refer, though briefly to 
certain Companions who were esteemed and known by reason 
of their personality, their long intimate association with the Craft 
and their outstanding contributions to the order, to which they 
dedicated so much of their lives. 

Rt. Ex. Comp. Robert N. McElhinney: 

On July 1, 1963, word came of the death of Rt. Ex. Comp. 



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Robert McElhinney — after a prolonged confinement following a 
cerebral hemorrhage. His passing took from us a loyal and 
devoted friend. He was a quiet, kindly gentleman whose interest 
and influence were strongly felt in Capitular Masonary over the 
years. He was an Honourary member of our Grand Executive. 

Rt. Ex. Comp. Fred Schytte: 

On May 12th I was shocked to learn of the sudden passing 
of Rt. Ex. Comp. Fred Schytte. Fred had a generous heart and 
was a loyal friend. His passing took from us a man of great 
experience and an officer whose loyalty and devotion could 
always be depended upon. He gave much of himself to Masonry 
and most particularly to our Royal Craft. He was a member of 
our Grand Executive. 

To their families we offer our heartfelt sympathy. 

"Here walked a friend whose heart was good, 

Who walked with men and understood. 
His was a voice that spoke to cheer, 

And fell like music on the ear; 
His was a smile men loved to see, 

His was a hand that asked no fee — 
For friendliness or kindness done. 

And now that he has journeyed on 
His is a fame that never ends; 

He leaves behind uncounted friends." 

VISITATIONS 

One of the most rewarding and at the same time demanding 
responsibilities of your Grand First Principal, is to represent Grand 
Chapter at both National and International levels, as well as to 
make as many visitations to Chapters within the jurisdiction as 
his time and energies will reasonably permit. While a chronolo- 
gical listing of attendance at such functions may be indicative of 
the extent of activity in carrying out this important duty, I per- 
sonally feel, that it fails to convey what to my mind is the real 
purpose of such visitations, namely to give helpful instruction and 
meaningful inspiration to those Districts and Chapters where such 
help is either requested or needed. 

I propose to cover only the Highlights of the past year. 

April 22 — The St. Andrew Chapter, London - Ionic Chapter, 
Detroit International night when I was privileged to present the 
Potentate of Mocha Temple with a 25 year Chapter Jewel, my 
long time associate in the Shrine, John S. Parker. 

May 22 — Bernard Lodge No. 225 in association with North 
Huron District, reception and dinner in Listowel as Grand Junior 



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Deacon of the Grand Lodge of Canada in the Province of Ontario 
and presentation to me of Grand Jr. Deacon Regalia. It was a 
thrilling event and widely attended. 

May 25— Oxford Chapter No. 18, Woodstock — Composite 
Chapter No. 178 Detroit, Michigan, International Day held in 
Woodstock. Presentation of 50 year jewel at the home of Dr. 
lupp and a 60 year bar to Companion George Scott. A very 
successful event. 

May 31 — Dinner and Reception — Algonquin Chapter No. 102, 
Sault Ste. Marie, presentation of several jewels and the privilege 
of visiting Rt. Ex. Comp. Canon Collaton in hospital whose future 
with us was limited. 

July 16, 17, 18 — At the Annual Communication of the Grand 
Lodge of Canada in the Province of Ontario, held in Toronto, I 
was privileged to attend in the dual capacity of a member and as 
a guest. 

August 10, 11, 12, 13 — I was privileged to attend Sovereign 
Great Priory of Canada held in Montreal in the dual capacity of 
a Presiding Preceptor and as Grand Z. 

Sept. 9, 10, 11, 12 — Official visit to Algoma District. Addresses 
given at Fort William, Kenora and Fort Frances. 

Sept. 19, 20 — Attended Grand Chapter of Minnesota Convoca- 
tion at St. Paul, Minnesota. Honourary Membership was con- 
ferred. 

Sept. 30 — District reception at Sombra Chapter No. 153, Wal- 
laceburg, which was a tremendous success and greatly enjoyed. 

Oct. 4 — Centenary Banquet and Reception by Tecumseh 
Chapter No. 24, Stratford, Ontario. This was my late father's 
Chapter and I was greatly thrilled at receiving an Honourary 
Membership in his Chapter. 

Oct. 5 — It was my distinct honour to be guest speaker at the 
Cornwall, Ontario - Massena, N.Y. International night which was 
attended by the ladies and honoured by the presence of the 
Grand High Priest of the State of New York, Most Ex. Comp. Victor 
A. Fields, and the Grand First Principal of the Province of Quebec, 
Most Ex. Comp. B. M. McCharles. 

Oct. 23, 24, 25— Attended Grand Chapter of Michigan Con- 
vocation held in Port Huron, Michigan. Enjoyed it very much. 
Bud Guest Jr's. address was wonderful. 

No. 15 — Reception and Banquet at Kitchener, Chapter No. 117, 



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Kitchener, which was attended by many Grand Chapter Officers. 
I was presented with an Honourary Membership. 

Dec. 9, 10, 11— Attended Grand Chapter of Massachusetts 
Convocation in Boston, Mass. An outstanding Convocation in 
a most beautiful setting. 

Jan. 7 — Attendance at Installation Ceremonies, Bernard Chap- 
ter No. 146 taking a part and presenting my good friend Harry 
Sargent with his Commission as our Grand Representative of the 
Grand Chapter of West Virginia near our Grand Chapter. 

Jan. 25 — Installation and Investiture as Honourary Most 
Pruisant Sovereign of Conestoga Conclave No. 12 which was 
attended by Most Illustrious Knight and Companion Frederick 
Dean, Past Grand Sovereign and many other distinguished Knight 
Companions. 

Jan. 29 — Principals Association District 8 and 8A Annual 
Dinner at the Masonic Temple, Toronto. It was a huge success. 

Feb. II, 12, 13— Attended Grand Chapter of Manitoba Con- 
vocation in Winnipeg. Elected an Honourary Past Grand Z. 
Visited Winnipeg Shriner's Hospital for Crippled Children along 
with my wife and Very Ex. Comp. Sid Solley. I am proud to be a 
Shriner — theirs is a great work — "In as much as ye have done it 
unto the least of these, my brethren, Ye have done it unto me!" 

March 7 — District Reception and Banquet at Port Hope, On- 
tario. Attended by our ladies and many distinguished Grand 
Chapter officers. A wonderful affair. 

April 3 — Bernard Chapter No. 146 in co-operation with Huron 
District Reception and Dinner, Listowel. The loyalty and friend- 
ship of my own Chapter I can never repay. I shall always be 
grateful for the sincere friendship and encouragement of V. Ex. 
Comp. Harry Sargent who through the years has been a pillar of 
strength for Capitular Masonry in Bernard Chapter, and to Ex. 
Comp. Jack Gee as the Chairman and his Committee who has 
capably organized and completed the arrangements for my recep- 
tion. An Honourary Membership was presented on this occasion. 

I can truly say that, everywhere, your Grand Z. was received 
with warm and gracious cordiality and it was a wonderful privi- 
lege to be permitted to associate with so many great Royal Arch 
Masons on my visits. It was a matter of sincere regret that I could 
not accept all the invitations extended to me, but I shall try during 
my next term to be present on many of the occasions, time and 
circumstances did not permit this past year. 

I wish that I could conscientiously say that I found great en- 



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thusiasm throughout the whole of our Grand Jurisdiction. I must 
report that on one of my extensive trips through one of our dis- 
tricts I was very discouraged by the apathy and disinterest dis- 
played. 

I have been very enthused and encouraged however by the 
type and age of our new membership. We are attracting more 
and more young men between the ages of 21 and 50 and I feel this 
is a very d 9sirable situation. Besides it has always been my be- 
lief that young men are the life blood of Masonry — and too often 
not encouraged to advance and take on the responsibilities for 
which they are best suited. I live in a farming area — and any 
farmer will tell you that to keep working a crop over and over in a 
field, lessens its productivity. Such things are present in some 
Chapters, giving reason for the sterile and inert condition of in- 
fluence of that Chapter. Could it be that some older and ex- 
perienced Masons are dominating rather than directing; reluctant 
to encourage young men fearing loss of personal prestige? 

On my visits I have felt that all gold braid must get down to 
the level of the ordinary mason — and all work together if we are 
to build anew our great destiny. 

It has been a great pleasure for me to be privileged to meet 
so many wonderful men during my visitations and to see the in- 
creased enthusiasm and vigour which is becoming more gener- 
ally apparent throughout our Grand Jurisdiction. 

' Tis the human touch in the world that counts, 

The touch of your hand and mine 
That means more to the fainting heart 

Than shelter and bread and wine. 

For shelter is gone when the night is o'er, 

And food lasts only a day; 
But the touch of the hand and the sound of the voice 

Will live in the soul alway." 

PRESENTATION OF JEWELS 

Sixty Years A Royal Arch Mason 

Oxford Chapter No. 18— Comp. George H. Scott. 

Shekinah Chapter No. 138— V. Ex. Comp. George Garnet Elliott. 

Fifty Years A Royal Arch Mason 

Ancient Frontenac and Cataraqui No. 1 — Comp. Robert Rus*sell Derry. 
The Hiram No. 2 — Comp. Marvin W. Angle, Comp. Alex Geddes. 
St. John's No. 3 — Comp. Robinson T. Orr, Comp. Harry Oswald Hunt. 
St. Andrew and St. John No. 4 — Comp. Arthur H. Field, Comp. James 

Norman Dority. 
St. George's No. 5 — Como. George Fraser, W. C. Hawken, R. S. Nichol, 

A. M. Towe, A. T. Wiley. 



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Moira No. 7 — Comp. Frederick Croft. 

King Solomon's No. 8 — Comp. Henry Issac Moody, Comp. John Stephen, 

Comp. Horace Nelson Carr. 
Wawanosh No. 15 — Ex. Comp. James F. Newton, Comp. William J. 

Carson. 
Oxford No. 18 — Ex. Comp. James B. Jupp. 
Mount Horeb No. 20 — Comp. Henry Parkhouse Richards, Comp. George 

E. Sole. 
Tecumseh No. 24 — Comp. Alexander Brock Manson. 
Manitou No. 27 — Comp. Kenneth George Alexander Royal, Comp. James 

W. Rose, Comp. Frank Arthur Nettleton. 
Huron No. 30— R. Ex. Comp. Hugh Hill, H. B. M. Tichborne, Comp. 

Thomas G. C. Tichborne, Ernest T. Pfrimmer. 
Signet No. 3'4 — Comp. Milton J. Leatherdale. 
Corinthian No. 36 — Comp. E. V. Moore, John Frederick Reed. 
Georgian No. 56 — Comp. William Brown. 
Grimsby No. 69 — Ex. Comp. Frank E. Russ, Comp. Everton Leroy Belfry, 

Comp. Archibald Bennett, V. Ex. Comp. Arthur Green. 
Erie No. 73 — V. Ex. Comp. Thomas E. Armstrong. 
Occident No. 77 — Comp. Joseph Ashworth, Comp. William Hooley. 
Orient No. 79 — Comp. A. M. Thorne. 
Shuniah No. 82 — Comp. Howitt Shera Chase, Comp. Joseph 0. Milks, Ex. 

Comp. John T. Stocks, Ex. Comp. T. W. Stocks. 
Algonquin No. 102 — Comp. John Gibson Patterson, Comp. Robert A. 

Campbell, Comp. George A. Bailey, Comp. Charles 0. Sisler. 
White Oaks No. 104— Comp. J. M. Wallace, V. Ex. Comp. Reg. M. Smith, 

V. Ex. Comp. H. J. Smith. 
Fort William No. 140 — Comp. William McCall Bruce. Comp. Frederick 

Babe, Comp. Fred A. McRae, Rt. Ex. Comp. C. E. Watkins, Comp. R. 

H. Neeland. 
The St. Patrick No. 145 — Comp. William Sudlow, Comp. George Stronach, 

Comp. Arthur Brooks Colwell. 

For Twenty-Five Years Installed First Principal 

Ancient Frontenac and Catarnui No. 1 — Ex. Como. John C. Mcllquham. 

St. John's No. 3 — Ex. Comp. George William Williamson. 

Wauanosh No. 15 — Ex. Comp. Cecil Charles Clarke. 

Manitou No. 27 — R. Ex. Comp. Henry Alexander McGowan. 

Pentalpha No. 28 — Ex. Comp. Henry Arnold Suddard. 

Signet No. 34 — Rt. Ex. Comp. Herbert James Lougheed. 

Wellington No. 47 — V. Ex. Comp. Manning E. Morgan. 

Palestine No. 54 — V. Ex. Comp. Kirven S. Woodward. 

Algonquin No, 102 — R. Ex. Comp. Percival Stanley Jannison, Ex. Comps. 

John Frederick Hyde, Duncan Neil. 
Chantrv No. 130 — Ex. Comp. Alexander Esplen Stewart. 
Fort William No. 140^V. Ex. Comp. Walter T. Biggar. 
Bernard No. 146 — Ex. Comp. D. Leslie Chaoman. 
London No. 150 — R. Ex. Comp. Joseph William Carson. 
Sombra No. 153 — R. Ex. Como. John Mauer Burnett. 
Temiskaminer No. 169 — R. Ex. Comp. George Edward McKelvie, Ex. 

Comp. William H. Simmons. 
Hamilton No. 175 — Ex. Comp. Willard Bruce Riddell. 
Mimico No. 215 — Rt. Ex. Comp. James L. Maude, Ex. Comp. Thomas M. 

Stauton, Ex. Comp. Bert Willis Lang, Ex. Comp. Eugene F. Stoll, 

Ex. Como. William Arthur Edwards. 
St. Alban's No. 217— Ex. Como. Clifford K. West. 
Ouinte Friendshin No. 227 — Ex. Comp. Isaac Steohenson. 
King Cyrus No. 232 — Ex. Comn. George E. Ritchie. 
Oakwood No. 233— Ex. Como. Stanlev Wickham Butt. 
Halton No. 234 — Ex. Comp. Leonard Glevarley Marchment. 



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The St. Andrew Chapter No. 238 — Ex. Comp. John Smith Parker. 
Humber No. 246 — Ex. Comp. Samuel Alexander, Ex. Comp. William G. 

Beech. 
Nilestown No. 247 — V. Ex. Comp. Robert James Carswell. 
Palestine No. 249 — Ex. Comp. John Baker, E. Herman Brown, W. R. 

Strike 
Kirkland No. 251— Rt. Ex. Comp. Leslie W. Coombs. 
Hiawatha No. 2152 — Ex. Comp. Alexander Hunter. 

For Fifty Years Installed First Principal 

Carleton Chapter No. 16 — Rt. Ex. Comp. Garnet Dhuker Lane Retallack. 
Tecumseh Chapter No. 24 — Ex. Comp. Herbert Wesley Baker. 
Kitchener Chapter No. 117 — Rt. E.x Comp. Henry Milton Cook. 
The St. Patrick Chapter No. 145— Very Ex. Comp. Harold Percy William 
Rogers. 

Distinguished Service Awards 

St. Andrew and St, John Chapter No. 4 — Comp. William Henry Wright. 
Mount Sinai Chapter No. 212 — Comp. Murray Levinter. 
Mimico Chapter No. 215— Comp. Robert W. Tait. 

DISPENSATIONS 

Two Hundred and Forty-one Dispensations were issued as 
follows: 

Attend Divine Service 17 

Change day or hour of Opening 93 

Permit social functions 2 

Waiver of Jurisdiction 2 

Amputations initiated 2 

Dispense with Convocations in summer months 7 

Dispense with Convocations in September 4 

Dispense with Convocations' in November 1 

Dispense with Convocation in December 2 

Dispense with Convocation in January 1 

To confer three Degrees in one day 2 

Advancement of Officers other than as required by Constitution 74 

Permit Special Emergent Convocations 8 

Permit Social Emergent Meeting 22 

To hold Installation contrary to Bylaws 2 

To permit Election of Officers contrary to Bylaws 2 

NEW BY-LAWS APPROVED 

Keystone Chapter No. 72 Ancaster Chapter No. 155 

Mount Nebo Chapter No. 76 Durham Chapter No. 221 

Leeds Chapter No. 132 Sequin Chapter No. 261 
Shekinah Chapter No. 138 

AMENDMENTS 

St. Marks 26 Amabel 131 

Victoria 37 Shekinah 138 

Wellington 47 St. John's 148 

Niagara 55 Ulster 219 

Occident 77 Beaver 225 

Shuniah 82 Quinte Friendship 227 

Convenant 113 Sequin 261 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1964 23 

ROYAL ARCH WELFARE COMMITTEE OF TORONTO 
DISTRICT 8 AND 8A 

This loyal group of Royal Arch Masons are carrying on a 
tremendously successful and rewarding work in Toronto. I want 
to convey my personal congratulations and express the apprecia- 
tion of Grand Chapter for their efforts. We are all also very proud 
of the contribution and encouragement given to the Retarded 
Children's work in Toronto by Mount Sinai Chapter. This Chapter 
is setting an enviable record for others to emulate. 

This field of endeavour it seems to me, should be considered 
by every Chapter. It certainly createst interest, keep men con- 
structively busy and makes a worthy contribution financially 
and in personal service to the communities in which we live. 

RECOGNITION 

A request from the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of 
Finland asking the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Can- 
ada in the Province of Ontario to accord to the Grand Chapter of 
Royal Arch Masons of Finland fraternal recognition. 

The recognition by the Grand Lodge of Ancient Free and 
Accepted Masons of Canada in the Province of Ontario, of the 
Grand Lodge of F. and A. Masons in Finland has been confirmed 
through the office of the Grand Secretary of The Grand Lodge of 
Canada in the Province of Ontario. 

In view of the foregoing, I recommend that approval be given 
to the request of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Fin- 
land for fraternal recognition, and that we exchange the usual 
courtesies and Representatives with them upon the written assur- 
ances of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Finland 
that they have no connection with any other Grand Lodge of Fin- 
land. 

Subsequent to this request, we have this assurance from the 
office of the Grand Scribe E. of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch 
Masons of Finland. 

NOTICE OF MOTIONS 

The agenda of Grand Chapter having been given to all 
registering delegates I trust its contents have been carefully 
received especially the Notice of Motions contained therein, and 
I ask that these may have your serious consideration as they 
will be presented for your decision during the Convocation. 

INSTRUCTION COMMITTEE 

This important committee under the capable Chairmanship 



24 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

of Rt. Ex. Comp. Andrew F. Tcrnnahill assisted by his strong assist- 
ants have made and are continuing to make a tremendous con- 
tribution and stimulus to the educational programme of our Royal 
Craft. They are bringing a uniformity and clarification to our 
ritualistic work which will standardize and harmonize the work 
in general and to special controversial interpretations, in parti- 
cular. 

We have a strong Directional Committee but to be truly 
effective we must have District Chairmen who are interested, 
active and instructive, who will be our emissaries in bringing the 
educational information to the Chapters in their districts and to the 
Companions in particular. 

We can only be effective as Royal Arch Masons if we really 
understand and educate ourselves first. Then we will be in a 
position to grow and to fulfill our destiny with distinction. 

My Companions, if Royal Arch Masonry is to grow, indeed 
survive — it requires of each of us — a definite personal com- 
mittment of our interest and of our time. May each of you accept 
the direction and leadership of this committee with earnestness 
and determination. 

INVESTMENTS 

The whole investment programme of Grand Chapter has been 
reviewed by our Chairman in association with the Investment 
Counsel of our bank. So that a continuous advisory supervision 
might be maintained at all times regardless of the rotation of the 
Chairman of Investments, this arrangement has been perman- 
ently instituted. This will keep us on top of this programme at 
all times using the counselling facilities of professional advisors. 

SPECIAL VICTORY THANKSGIVING BENEVOLENT 
COMMITTEE ON REVISION 

This is a part of Royal Arch Masonry which I have felt has 
never been the effective force it was meant to be. With this in 
mind a Special Committee on Benevolence Revision under the 
Chairmanship of Most Ex. Comp. John House was formed. 

The Committee has been instructed to bring in a definite, 
definitive programme so that each Companion may know what 
we are doing and what we can do. Also, I would like to see our 
Benevolence so organized that if the interest is not needed for 
Masonic Benevolence, it could be used in some philanthropic 
field of usefulness which would bring honour to and be worthy of 
Capitular Masonry. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1964 25 

GRAND CHAPTER OFFICE EQUIPMENT 

We are in the process of a full modernization programme for 
our records in Grand Chapter Office. The old antiquated pro- 
cedures of past years has become so cumbersome, time consum- 
ing and inefficient that Rt. Ex. Comp. Hearn was appointed to 
investigate and recommend a proper system to be implemented 
by our Grand Chapter office. This he has done and after a com- 
prehensive and thorough study of this problem, he has made 
specific recommendations which I hope will meet with your ap- 
proval. We will then be in a position to give to you the Chapters 
of our Grand Jurisdiction accurate required information in a very 
short space of time. I hope that you will see the wisdom of 
supporting the recommendations of this committee. 

PAST RANK 

A request has been received from Hiram Chapter No. 2, 
Hamilton, to confer on Ex. Companion John Jarvie, the rank of a 
Past Principal posthumously. The late Ex. Companion Jarvie 
served through all the respective offices with a thorough under- 
standing of his duties and gave great leadership to his Chapter. 
He was installed First Principal in January, 1963 and served ten 
months in this office. I recommend that Past Rank be conferred. 

Whereas Oakwood Chapter No. 233 requested and obtained 
dispensation to change the date of their Annual Chapter elections 
and Installation of officers from January, 1964, to December, 1963, 
and whereas the First Principal, Ex. Comp. Hartly Howard has 
only served eleven months as Z. I recommend that the rank of 
Past Z. be granted Ex. Comp. Hartly Howard. 

RECOMMENDATIONS 

Having known and been closely associated with Most Wor- 
shipful Brother and Companion J. A. Irvine for many years in the 
active leadership of Masonry, and being aware of his great zeal 
and energy for all branches of Masonry, it gives me a great deal 
of pleasure, after obtaining the unanimous approval of the Grand 
Executive, to confer on Most Worshipful Brother and Companion 
J. A. Irvine, Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Canada in the 
Province of Ontario, the rank of Past Z. 

On authority of section 65 (i) of the Constitution I am recom- 
mending that Grand Chapter confer Honourary Membership in 
the Grand Executive, on Rt. Ex. Companion Harold Shannon who 
has served so well and so faithfully for many years as a member 
of this committee. He has made a tremendous contribution to 
Masonry in general and to the Grand Chapter of Canada in the 
Province of Ontario, in particular; I ask that Grand Chapter concur 
in my recommendation. 



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RULINGS 

A request was received from one of our Chapters for permis- 
sion to print their Chapter agenda in the district newspaper under 
a Calendar Of Coming Events, supplied gratis, and sponsored 
by a Cigarette Company. I ruled that advertising Chapter acti- 
vities in the newspapers, under sponsorship of a Tobacco Com- 
pany, is contrary to Masonic practice. 

A request was received from a Chapter in our Sister Jurisdic- 
tion in the United States of America for a waiver of jurisdiction 
permitting them to receive a Brother, residing in Canada, into their 
Chapter and after this matter was thoroughly discussed by the 
Advisory Committee I ruled that a Brother residing in Canada 
and wishing to join an American Chapter should first become a 
member of a Canadian Chapter. 

GRAND REPRESENTATIVES OF OUR GRAND CHAPTER 

I am pleased to state Commissions have been received con- 
firming appointments as follows: 

Grand Chapter of West Virginia near the Grand Chapter of 
Canada in the Province of Ontario: 

V. Ex. Companion Harry Sargent, Listowel, Ontario. 

Supreme Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Scotland: 

R. Ex. Comp. Andrew F. Tannahill, 5 Oaklawn Gardens, Apt. 
B, Toronto 7, Ontario. 

Grand Chapter of Oklahoma near the Grand Chapter of 
Canada in the Province of Ontario: 

Rt. Ex. Companion Robert John Hamilton, 69 Rathburn Rd., 
Islington, Ontario. 

GRAND REPRESENTATIVES 

I am pleased to issue Commissions on request from the 
Grand High Priests of their respective Grand Chapters as follows: 

Grand Representative of the Grand Chapter of Canada near 
the Grand Chapter of Utah, Companion Robert H. Drew, 1083 
East 460 South, Provo, Utah. 

Grand Representative of the Grand Chapter of Canada near 
the Grand Chapter of Pennsylvania, Companion James D. Smith, 
45 West Hallam Avenue, Washington, Pa. 

Grand Representative of the Grand Chapter of Canada near 
the Grand Chapter of Nebraska, Companion Paul B. Cowles, 
Omaha, Nebraska. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1964 27 

Someone has said, ideals are like stars; you will not succeed 
in touching them with your hands — but like the seafaring man on 
the desert waters, you choose them as your guide, and following 
them you reach your destiny. Sir Wm. Osier the great physician 
had three personal ideals. One, to do the day's work well and 
not to bother about tomorrow. Second, to act the Golden Rule as 
far as in him lay, toward his professional brethren and toward 
the patients committed to his care. And the third — to cultivate 
such a measure of equanimity as would enable him to bear suc- 
cess with humility, and the affection of his friends without pride. 

These things I have tried to do and I am indeed grateful to 
every Capitular Mason who has contributed to the success of the 
year and for the affectionate co-operation and understanding of so 
many friends. Certainly the members of the Advisory Counsel 
and Executive have been most faithful and their advice and help 
most appreciated. The Grand Scribe E. Rt. Ex. Companion 
John Hamilton has been very helpful and co-operative to 
me, in spite of the recurrent problem of maintaining reliable and 
efficient secretarial office help, and the extra burden of work 
which this has entailed, he has maintained the efficiency of Grand 
Chapter Office in a dedicated manner. I am grateful for his per- 
sonal interest and co-operation at all times. To the other mem- 
bers of the Grand Council, Rt. Ex. Companion James Girven and 
R. Ex. Comp. Reginald Lewis, I wish to thank them for their 
encouragement and faithfulness during the past year. To all my 
Grand Superintendents I wish to express my sincere appreciation 
for their earnestness and dedication. 

Goethe has said: 

"The possessions which you have inherited from your an- 
cestors — earn them in order to truly own them!" 

Certainly our ancestors in our great Masonic Craft have 
given to us a great heritage. It grew into existence because there 
was a real need for it. Centuries ago, men banded themselves 
together for mutual protection and security. In their early days, 
it's obligations were real, and men not only respected them, but 
lived by them. The relationship of one man to another were 
sacred and binding, and to perfect their understanding they 
established certain requirements such as the five points of fel- 
lowship. These declarations among our Masonic forebears were 
not mere platitudes — they were rules which they practiced in 
their Masonic relationships. How easily and superficially we 
accept these principals of our Masonic heritage today — and 
forget the proven values of their personal application. 

Today we boast that we are an institution of high morality, but 



28 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

only as we demonstrate morality are we proving ourselves worthy 
of our cause. 

In this age of political intrigue and selfishness, Freemasonry 
can become a tremendous power for righteousness — if we can 
cause Masons to think and act. 

I believe that a dedicated and sincere return to the precepts 
and principals that were established by our forbears is very 
necessary if our institution of Freemasonry is to survive and 
maintain its prestige in the world of today. The unrest and un- 
certainty that exists today, coupled with the feelings that prevail 
among groups of men in this country, demands intelligent think- 
ing, sincerity of conviction, loyal adherence to the true aims, 
purposes, integrity and honesty in our words and deeds. 

Certainly we are living in a critical period of the world's 
history — with bitter feelings, intolerance and unrest rampant in 
this changing world of ours. 

I truly believe with all my heart that no other group is work- 
ing harder for the highest type of citizenship or as a united body 
can do more to influence our Nation in the establishment of na- 
tional honour, national safety and the perpetuation of our great 
Canadian ideals, than this great Fraternity to which you and I 
belong. 

No other organization has in its ranks so large a percentage 
of men not content with the acceptance of the privileges of citizen- 
ship, without active participation in meeting the responsibilities 
of such citizenship. 

I believe Freemasonry is a personal challenge and must be 
individually met! It is more than an institution, more than a tra- 
dition, more than a society of men; it is a way of life. 

More and more we are realizing that if this great nation of 
ours is to endure and occupy its rightful place and prestige 
among the other nations of the world, we Masons must stand 
squarely, without evasion or modification, for those great prin- 
ciples upor which not only Freemasonry rests but which are so 
vital to the stability of our great Nation. 

It seems to me that the need was never greater for our in- 
dividual emphasis as Freemasons. 

I think in these difficult times, we as individual Masons must 
remember the words of Isaiah when he was confronted with 
National disaster, "They that wait on the Lord, shall renew their 
strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall 
run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint." 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1964 29 

We need a deep and abiding faith for tough times — but in 
His fellowship we shall find Peace and Power. 

The great unalterable things 
Will never change. Though for a time 
To other lands the bird takes wings, 
Though summer seeks some other clime 
Though for a time injustice hides 
The mountain sides — 

Doubt not, fear not; work on, and wait: 
As sure as dawn shall conquer dark. 
So love will triumph over hate, 
And Spring will bring again the lark. 
Yes, if for truth you labor here, 
You will not fear. 

To all Companions of the Grand Chapter and all those Com- 
panions of other Jurisdictions bound to us by a common tie, I 
send my sincere affection and best wishes for future happiness 
and pray God keep you in His love. 

Respectfully and fraternally, 

OJraser (flay, llUJj. 

Grand Z. 



Moved by R. Ex. Comp. James E. Girven, seconded by M. Ex. Comp. 
Charles W. Emmett, and — 

Resolvde — That the address of the M. Ex. the Grand Z. be referred to 
the Committee on the Grand Z.'s Address to report thereon during the 
present Convocation of Grand Chapter. 



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GRAND SUPERINTENDENTS' REPORTS 

ST. CLAIR DISTRICT No. 1 
Rt. Ex. Comp. Fred Yardley 

It has been a privilege and honor to be Grand Superintendent of St. 
Clair District No. 1. I wish to express my sincere thanks to the Principals 
and Past Principals for honoring Erie Chapter by electing me to this 
esteemed office and also to Most Ex. Companion Fraser Hay, M.D., for 
confirming my appointment. 

The first duty I performed was the appointment of Ex. Comp. Toy 
McEachran as my secretary, which proved to be a wise and happy one; 
he was of invaluable assistance to me. 

The following is the list of my official visits and the degrees con- 
ferred: 

June 25 — MacNabb Chapter No. 88, Dresden, R.A.M. 

Sept. 13— Prince of Wales Chapter No. 71, M.M.M. 

Oct. 7— Ark Chapter No. 80, Windsor, M.E.M. 

Oct. 9 — King Cyrus Chapter No. 119, Leamington, M.E.M. 

Oct. 10— Wellington Chapter No. 47, Chatham, R.A.M. 

Oct. 18 — Lome Chapter No. 164, West Lome, no degree 

Oct. 21— Erie Chapter No. 73, Ridgetown, M.M.M. 

Nov. 4 — Sombra Chapter No. 153, Wallaceburg, M.E.M. 

Nov. 6— Blenheim Chapter No. 239, Blenheim, R.A.M. 

Nov. 13— Thomas Peters Chapter No. 250, Windsor, R.A.M. 

Two District divine services were held, the first in Wheatley United 
Church under the guidance of King Cyrus Chapter. The speaker was the 
Rev. Bro. Smith, M.M., Lincoln Lodge 544. 

Rt. Ex. Comp. the Rev. S. E. Stevenson, Grand Chaplain, was guest 
speaker at Wallaceburg Presbyterian Church, which was under the guid- 
ance of Sombra Chapter, all Chapters being well represented. 

On September 30 St. Clair District was honored by the visit of M. Ex. 
Comp. Fraser Hay, M.D., Grand First Principal, and several Grand 
Chapter officers, the occasion being a reception for Dr. Hay by Sombra 
Chapter. His- splendid address together with an evening with the Com- 
panions of the District was a memorable event for all who attended. 

I am indebted to R. Ex. Companions R. Willett, L. Boyle, E. Logan 
and E. Rupert for their assistance and knowledge of Royal Arch Masonry. 
Our Masonic Instruction committees have been quite active and very co- 
operative. They have visited all the Chapters and given valuable as- 
sistance on these occasions. I feel that as the Chapters come to under- 
stand the purpose of this committee more use will be made of it to the 
benefit of Masonry in St. Clair District. 

I was present at Wellington Chapter when Grand Chapter honored a 
great Mason, Ex. Comp. J. H. Sullivan, with a 50-year jewel. On behalf of 
M. Ex. Comp. Fraser Hay, M.D., and Grand Chanter I presented V. Ex. 
Comp. Morgan of Wellington Chapter with his 25-year Past Principal's 
jewel, V. Ex. Comp. T. Armstrong of Erie Chapter with his 50-year jewel 
and R. Ex. Comp. L. Boyle of Blenheim Chapter with a Past Principal's 
jewel from several Companions of Erie Chapter. I also had the privilege 
to present Past Principal's jewels to several Ex. Companions on the 
various Chapter installation nights. 

Throughout the District the membership, average attendance and the 
visitation and harmonv of the Chapters with each other speaks well for 
Royal Arch Masonry in St. Clair District No. 1. 

I attended nine installations in January and was privileged to be in- 
stalling Principal in two Chapters. I also talked to the newly installed 
Principals about their committees and duties. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1964 31 

A great loss was incurred by Erie Chapter in the passing of the 
oldest Grand Superintendent of St. Clair District No. 1, R. Ex. Comp. D. 
McDiarmid, also Ex. Comp. H. Hunter, who passed away one week before 
his installation as First Principal. They will be missed by all who knew 
and loved them. 

In conclusion I would like to thank all Companions for a most 
pleasant year; your friendship will remain an unforgettable memory 
and I hope you will give the same kindly support to my successor so that 
Masonry may continue to advance in St. Clair District during his term of 
office. 

LONDON DISTRICT No. 2 
R. Ex. Comp. A. James Facer 

I would like to express my appreciation to the Chapters of London 
District No. 2 for electing me to the office of Grand Superintendent and 
to M. Ex. Comp. Fraser Hay, M.D., for confirming my election to this 
office. 

I requested Ex. Comp. Harry Russell to serve as my secretary and 
he graciously accepted the office. As a Past D.D.G.M., in the Sarnia Dis- 
trict he was of much assistance to me in many things. Unfortunately Ex. 
Comp. Russell had to transfer to Ottawa, Ont., due to his government 
duties and he resigned his office and Ex. Comp. Douglas Burwell was 
appointed to complete the year as my secretary. This he has done most 
capably. 

I have been most fortunate in having Right Excellent Very Reverend 
Dr. J. M. Macgillivray, D.D., to act as my District Chaplain. He is now in 
his 80th year and his- vigor and experience make his sermons an exper- 
ience to hear. His counsel after 50 years in the craft is enlightening. 

The itinerary of official visits and inspections was made and al- 
though some complications arose due to the closing and demolition of the 
Masonic Temple in London, dates satisfactory to all concerned was soon 
arranged and the trestle board was printed and distributed to all Chap- 
ters. The official visits were carried out as follows: 

May 24 — St. George's No. 5, London 

June 6 — Aylmer No. 81, Aylmer 

June 18 — London No. 150, London 

Sept. 16 — Minnewawa No. 78, Parkhill 

Sept. 19— Nilestown No. 247, Nilestown 

Oct. 1— St. Paul's No. 242, Lambeth 

Oct. 11 — Wawanosh No. 15, Sarnia 

Oct. 14— Vimy No. 214, Inwood 

Oct. 16— Bruce No. 53. Petrolia 

Oct. 23— St. John's No. 2, London 

Nov. 4 — Beaver No. 74, Strathroy 

Nov. 14 — Palestine No. 54, St. Thomas 

Nov. 28— The St. Andrew No. 238, London 

Dec. 2 — Hiawatha No. 252, Sarnia. 

It is to be noted that some of the Chapter meetings were held in 
neighboring temples of Lambeth and Nilestown due to the razing of the 
Masonic Temple in London during the summer. I feel that this affected 
attendance and possibly the joining of new members insofar as the city 
of London Chapters were concerned. 

On the occasion of all my visits I was most cordially and properiy 
welcomed as the representative of our Grand First Principal. 

May 3 — Attended Wawanosh No. 15. "Ruling Principal's Night," 
which conferred the H.R.A. degree, the Principals ruling in the Chapters 
of the District all taking part. 

May 24 — On my visit to St. George's No. 5, London, it was my plea- 



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sure to present 50-year jewels to Comps. Sam Nickels, Arthur Wyle and 
John Grassick. George Holmes, who has served as outer guard for many 
years for the Chapter, was made a life member. 

June 5 — Our Chapter of instruction was held at Strathroy, Beaver 
No. 74 acted as our hosts. Thirteen out of 14 Chapters were represented 
with 36 Companions present. Talks on the three degrees were given by 
the members of our education committee with discussions of the Mark 
degree being taken by Ex. Comp. W. Eldridge of Sarnia, M.E.M. degree 
by R. Ex. Comp. Dave McDonald of London, and the H.R.A. degree by 
Ex. Comp. Ernest Boyle of London. A very spirited series of discussions 
took place in an informal atmosphere with much profit to us all. R. Ex. 
Comp. L. C. Ewener presented a paper on parliamentary procedure and 
its use in our business sessions. I addressed the meeting on attendance 
and membership at the close of the meeting. All present felt it was suc- 
cessful. 

June 8 — A special ceremony for the closing convocation of St. 
George's No. 5 at the London Temple which was to be razed was held. 
M. Ex. Comps. A. G. N. Bradshaw and Bruce Smith along with R. Ex. 
Comp. Reginald Lewis, Grand Third Principal, and Quinte Friendship 
Chapter put on the H.R.A. degree and following this the Chapter was 
closed and its paraphernalia and charter were removed from the building 
in a procession. Several Grand Chapter officers were in attendance for 
this occasion. 

June 18 — London Chapter No. 150 was the last Chapter to hold a 
meeting in the London Masonic Temple Building. During the work of the 
evening several Companions questioned the newly exalted Companions to 
prove their proficiency as Royal Arch Masons. This was enlightening 
and most interesting and showed much thought and work in its prepara- 
tion by all concerned. 

June 22 — Palestine No. 54, St. Thomas, had worked diligently to have 
a strawberry festival. This consisted of the H.R.A. degree being con- 
ferred by as many past Grand Superintendents of the District as possible, 
assisted by other Grand Chapter officers. It was a worthwhile event and 
very colorful. The degree was followed by dinner and entertainment. I 
hope this venture will continue. 

September 13— The St. Andrew No. 238, London. The First Principal 
Lawrence Adilman arranged with his rabbi to have a service at the 
B'Nai Israel Synagogue. This was attended by M. Ex. Comp. Bradshaw 
and approximately 150 members of the Royal Craft throughout the Dis- 
trict. The service was made most interesting for all by the rabbi, who 
explained their mode and house of worship to us. 

Septembei 21 — Hiwatha Chapter No. 252 had a steak fry for the 
Companions and their ladies. Several Companions from Michigan were 
also in attendance and many of our Companions and their ladies became 
acquainted. 

September 30 — I attended a testimonial dinner honoring M. Ex. 
Comp. Fraser Hay, Grand Z., at Wallaceburg with Sombra Chapter and 
St. Clair District No. 1 as the host. M. Ex. Grand High Priest Harry Moak 
of Michigan was in attendance as were several Grand Chapter officers 
from both sides of the border. 

October 1 — On my visit to St. Paul's No. 242 it was my pleasure to 
present Ex. Comp. McArthur with his Past Principal's jewel and two 
membership certificates to two recently exalted Companions. 

October 4 — I attended the centennial celebration of Tecumseh Chap- 
ter, Stratford. M. Ex. Comp. Hay, Grand Z., was in attendance and he 
was made an honorary member of this Chapter. Several Grand Chapter 
officers were in attendance. 

October 11 — Wawanosh No. 15. A 25-year Past Principal's jewel was 



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presented to Ex. Comp. C. Clark by R. Ex. Comp. Ewener. A 50-year 
jewel was presented to Comp. W. Carson by M. Ex. Comp. "Mike" Burke, 
Past Grand High Priest, State of Michigan, and I presented a 50-year 
jewel to Ex. Comp. J. Newton. 

October 16 — The meeting of Bruce Chapter No. 53 was the last one 
to be held in this temple, which was to be razed. Following the closing we 
all gripped hands and sang Auld Lang Syne. Happily this Chapter is to 
have its first meeting in its new temple on February 19, 1964. 

October 2'0 — The District divine service was held at Patterson Pres- 
byterian Memorial Church, Sarnia. The District Chaplain, the Very Rev- 
erend Right Excellent Companion Dr. J. M. MacGillivrary conducted a 
splendid evening service with an outstanding sermon, assisted by the 
Rev. G. Young. M.A., minister of the church. Two duets were sung by Mr. 
and Mrs. Arthur Leckie in addition to the fine music provided by the 
choir. The ladies of the church served refreshments to all following the 
service. Over 80 Royal Arch Masons from all over the District attended. 
Hiawatha No. 252 was the host Chapter. I am grateful to Ex. Comp. 
Bouch, Z. 

November 10 — Joint divine service held by Hiawatha No. 252 and 
Wawanosh No. 15, Sarnia, at Patterson Memorial Church, the Rev. 
George Young conducting a fine service. Some 30 Companions with their 
ladies* attended in addition to the regular congregation. 

December 2 — At Hiawatha No. 252 the Scribe E. was resigning and 
as Ex. Comp. Russell had also been serving as my secretary suitable 
presentations were exchanged at the close of the meeting. 

The general activities of the Chapters throughout London District 
No. 2 show enthusiasm and while there is much to be desired in the at- 
tendance, and the membership for the year does not indicate any gain, it 
is my feeling that we are on the threshold of better things. The various 
activities of many Chapters over and above their routine meetings is a 
healthy sign. Companions are getting to know one another better. The 
social activities involving the ladies at the various ladies' nights as well 
as at divine services are also, in my opinion, creating more interest in 
many of our Companions. 

In conclusion there were many throughout the District who have 
been of great assistance to me in so many ways. The path was not always 
smooth and at times it was necessary to take not only the riirht but the 
more difficult way. This is essential if the office is to be fulfilled in ac- 
cordance with the obligation taken when elected to the office of Grand 
Superintendent. 

It is impossible to name all those who have offered so freely of their 
time and talents to assist me during this year. I should be remiss if I did 
not thank R. Ex. Comp. Arthur Ayre for his kindness and almost fatherly 
advice; also to two young Ruling Principals who I feel should go far, Ex. 
Comp. Ralph Neely and Ex. Comp. Keith Daniel, who did not miss one of 
my official visits throughout the District. 

WILSON DISTRICT No. 3 
R. Ex. Comp. Chas. M. Swatridge 

I find the condition in Wilson District is very good. The attendance 
in most Chapters is good and the membership this year was much better. 
We had four withdrawals, nine suspensions and 28 deaths, which lowers 
our membership total. 

The quality of work in most cases was most satisfactory and the of- 
ficers work very well together. The meetings were well conducted and in 
most cases started on time. The functioning of Chapter committees is 
very good and the majority are doing very well. The fellowshin in all 
Chapters in Wilson District is excellent, inside and out. I feel the out- 



34 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

look for the future in this District is very good if the Membership Com- 
mittees will get out and work for there are many Masonic brethren to be 
brought into the Chapters. 

It has been my pleasure to visit all the Chapters in Wilson District 
three times and some more and also four Chapters in London District No. 
2, two Chapters in Huron District No. 6 and one Chapter in Kitchener. 

I have derived a great deal of pleasure and also a great deal cf 
knowledge in my term as Grand Superintendent of Wilson District and 
sincerely hope that I have been of some small service to the Chapters*. 

WELLINGTON DISTRICT No. 4 
R. Ex. Comp. John N. Edwards 

The experience of serving as Grand Superintendent of Wellington 
District has been most happy and rewarding. To serve one's fellow Com- 
panions is a great privilege and a responsibility not to be taken lightly. 
It is my fervent hope that my humble efforts- have given some impetus 
and perchance some direction to the mission of Capitular Masonry in 
Wellington District. 

Ex. Comp. Lome Armstrong graciously consented to act as my secre- 
tary and his efficiency in this capacity was of the utmost assistance. He 
accompanied me on all my visits of inspection and received the fullest 
cooperation and respect in the fulfilment of his duties. 

It has been my pleasure to visit all nine Chapters of Wellington Dis- 
trict twice and some of them more often during my term of office. On all 
my inspections I witnessed a degree and in the main the work was fairly 
well done. It has been my privilege to take part in three installation cere- 
monies. 

It is very gratifying to note that the one Chapter which was of great 
concern to us a year ago is- now firmly re-established and has excellent 
prospects for continued progress. 

Our District church service was held in Durham Baptist Church and 
R. Ex. Comp. J. N. H. Norton, Past Grand Chaplain, officiated. 

Items which might be listed as matters of concern are: (1) poor at- 
tendance in all Chapters; (2) lack of candidates in several instances; (3) 
evident lack of practice in most Chapters; (4) some cases of too much 
levity in M.M.M. degree. 

If recommendations are in order I would like to see the constituent 
Chapters (a) approach the attendance problem in a more realistic man- 
ner; (b) give more attention to Masonic education; (c) be permitted and 
encouraged to engage in practical benevolent work. 

Respectfully submitted. 

HAMILTON DISTRICT No. 5 
R. Ex. Comp. Clifford G. Lewington 

In my report on the condition of Capitular Masonry in Hamilton 
District No. 5 I first wish to express my sincere thanks to the Principals 
and Past Principals of the District for honoring St. Clair Chapter by 
electing me- to the office of Grand Superintendent. It has been a privilege 
and an honor to serve the District. I would also like to thank M. Ex. 
Comp. Fraser Hay for confirming my election. 

My first pleasant duty was to appoint Ex. Comp. Smillie as my sec- 
retary. He was of great assistance and support to me at all times. 

At a meeting of the Principals' Association, official visits to each 
Chapter were arranged. These were completed successfully. 

On all my visits I was well received with dignity and respect as the 
representative of the Grand First Principal. I found an earnestness and 
enthusiasm among the Chapters. Those who were well established carried 



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on their work and were always trying to improve. Others who found it a 
little harder showed a desire to improve their work and solve their own 
problems. This I found encouraging as it showed a desire to progress. 

While we have been hit bard by the Grim Reaper and our overall gain 
is small, prospects for the future look good. The enthusiasm in the Dis- 
trict is tremendous and there is a tendency for every Chapter to want to 
help the other. 

Degrees were worked by several Chapters and the Principals' As- 
sociation in craft lodges throughout the District and the response from 
the District was highly gratifying. 

Masonic instruction and education is being carried on in the District 
under the able guidance of V. Ex. Comp. E. Marshall and I would suggest 
this be enlarged as much as possible. There has been a need for this in 
the past and it is being well received in the District. 

On Sunday, November 3, divine service was held for the District in 
Binkley^ United Church, Hamilton, with a large number of Companions 
and their ladies in attendance. Grand Chapter officers assisted in the ser- 
vice and a fine sermon was delivered by Comp. the Rev. R. G. Hazlewood. 

In conclusion I would like to express my thanks to the following Past 
Grand Superintendents for their counsel and support: R. Ex. Comps. 
Portch, Cox, Brown and Brownlee. 

My term of office has been a happy one and will live in my memory 
for all time. 

HURON DISTRICT No. 6 
R. Ex. Comp. W. H. Reed 

May I take this opportunity to thank the Principals and Past Prin- 
cipals for electing me to the office of Grand Superintendent and to M. Ex. 
Comp Fraser Hay for his confirmation and appointment. 

My official visits were as follows: 

May 21— Mallock Chapter No. 66, Seaforth 

May 24— Tecumseh Chapter No. 24, Stratford 

June 10 — St. James Chapter No. 46, St. Marys 

June 19 — Havelock Chapter No. 63', Kincardine 

Sept. 3 — Bernard Chapter No. 146, Listowel 

Sept. 17— Huron Chapter No. 30. Goderich 

Oct. 8 — Lucknow Chapter No. 147, Lucknow. 

Oct. 15 — Lebanon Chapter No. 84, Wingham 

Nov. 3— Chantry Chapter No. 130, Southampton 

Dec. 3— Elliott Chapter No. 129, Mitchell 

On all my official visits I was received with dignity and in a warm 
and friendly manner. 

It was my very pleasant duty to appoint Ex. Comp. G. Atkins as my 
secretary. He accompanied me on all my official visits and it is with a 
great deal of gratitude that I thank him for his cooperation and good 
work. 

On Friday, October 4, 1963, Tecumseh Chapter, Stratford, started 
celebrating their l'OOth anniversary with a banquet preceding the opening 
of Chapter. I had the pleasure of presiding as chairman and M. Ex. Comp. 
Fraser Hay was the speaker. After the dinner we adjourned to the Chap- 
ter room where the Grand First Principal M. Ex. Comp, Hay was pre- 
sented with a life membership in Tecumseh Chapter. R. Ex. ' Comp. Dr. 
Baker was presented with a 50-year Past Principal's jewel, Comp. A. 
Manson with a 5'(Vyear Companion's jewel, and I was presented with a 25- 
year Past Principal's jewel. Comp. R. Young presented the Chapter with 
a suitable bible and Ex. Comp. J. A. Swatridge presented a gold triangle. 
During the year new Chapter furniture was built under the direction of 



36 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

V. Ex. Comp. G. Smith and new Principals' robes and a full set of tribal 
banners were purchased by the Centennial Club. This makes Tecumseh 
Chapter one of the best squipped in the District. 

Our District divine service was held in Stratford on November 22 at 
St. James' Anglican Church with the Rev. Michael Griffin conducting the 
service. Over 80 members attended, many bringing their wives, who 
later assembled in the banquet hall at the temple for a social hour. 

On behalf of M. Ex. Comp. Hay I had the pleasure of presenting a 
25-year Principal's jewel to Ex. Comp. Alex Stewart of Chantry Chapter, 
Southampton and one to V. Ex. Comp. John Durr of St. James Chapter, 
St. Marys. 

It was my pleasure to attend a social evening in the District in 
honor of our Grand First Principal M. Ex. Comp. Fraser Hay held by 
Bernard Chapter, Listowel, and will be present at one to be held by the 
Principals' Association to be held in Listowel in April. I also visited Ox- 
ford Chapter in Woodstock and Tillsonburg Chapter at the invitation of 
R. Ex. Comp. Swatridge, Grand Superintendent of Wilson District. I am 
now endeavoring to visit all the Chapters in my District once more before 
my term of office expires. 

I feel that the overall picture of Royal Arch Masonry in the District 
is very good and with the excellent calibre and work of the Principals 
and officers and the applications for membership which are now being 
processed I feel Capitular Masonry should make definite progress this 
coming year. 

In closing I would like to express my sincere thanks and appreciation 
to all the Principals, Officers and Companions of Huron District No. 6 
for their cooperation and fraternal friendship. Serving has been a very 
pleasant experience and I bespeak for my successor the same loyal sup- 
port which has been so generously extended to me. 

NIAGARA DISTRICT No. 7 
R. Ex. Comp. Norman Farrington 

It is my privilege and pleasure to submit my report on the condition 
of Royal Arch Masonry in Niagara District No. 7. First I would like to 
thank the present and Past Principals of the District for the honor con- 
ferred on Mount Nebo Chapter No. 76 and myself in my nomination and 
election to this high office and to M. Ex. Comp. Fraser Hay for confirm- 
ing the same. 

I would be remiss if I did not express my sincere thanks and apprecia- 
tion to Ex. Comp. Fred Jones and Comp. Rev. Robert Rolls, M.A., who as 
District secretary and District Chaplain respectively fulfilled their many 
duties with dignity and efficiency. I am deeply indebted to them as well 
as to many other Companions of all ranks for their invaluable advice, 
support, assistance and encouragement. 

On Friday, June 28, I held a meeting with the Principals of the Dis- 
trict in the Masonic Temple, Niagara Falls. 

On Tuesday, October 8, the District Chaplain dedicated the V.S.L. at 
the regular convocation of Hugh Murray Chapter No. 184, Fort Erie. 
The District divine service was held on Sunday, October 27, at St. Mar- 
tin's Anglican Church, Niagara Falls, with the District Chaplain officiat- 
ing and preaching an excellent sermon the life of Zerubbabel to a large 
congregation of Royal Arch Masons and their families. 

On Wednesday, October 30, I had the honor of giving the address at 
the fall meeting of the Principals' Assciation Niagara District No. 7 held 
in Dunnville, my topic being "Royal Arch Masonry in England and Scot- 
land." 

A chapter of instruction under the auspices of the District Masonic 



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Instruction Committee was held in Welland on November 13 with Willson 
Chapter exemplifying the M.M.M. degree along the lines suggested by- 
Grand Chapter. This proved to be an interesting and informative even- 
ing for all present, the only disappointment being the very poor atten- 
dance despite the fact that Welland is the most central place in District 
No. 7 and that each Chapter had been notified several times of the date 
and location. 

By the end of my term of office I will have visited each Chapter in 
the District on two or more occasions and I was present at many Chap- 
ters on installation night. I have also paid attention to the weaker Chap- 
ters in the District and the results are most gratifying. I was accompanied 
on all but two of my official visits by my secretary and the District 
Chaplain. The Grand Scribe N., who, incidently, is a good friend of mine, 
visited with me on all occasions. I am also deeply indebted to Ex. Comp. 
E. Robins of Mount Nebo Chapter who acted as my secretary during the 
illness of Ex. Comp. Fred Jones. 

The dates of my official visits were as follows: 

Oct. 3 — King Hiram No. 57, Port Colborne 

Oct. 8— Hugh Murray No. 184, Fort Erie 

Oct. 11— Mount Mcriah No. 19, St. Catharines 

Oct. 21— McCallum No. 29, Dunnville 

Nov. 4 — Grimsby No. 69, Grimsby 

Nov. 6— Willson No. 64, Welland 

Nov. 15 — Mount Nebo No. 76, Niagara Falls 

Dec. 6 — Niagara No. 55, Niagara-on-the-Lake 

Dec. 16— Smithville No. 240, Smithville 

Looking at my term of office in retrospect I find that generally the 
attendance at Chapter meetings in this District leaves much to be desired 
and Chapters are reluctant to set up the Chapter rooms in full form un- 
less it be to confer the Royal Arch Degree. 

Late opening of Convocations, the introduction and reception of the 
Grand Superintendent and his party followed by the degree of the evening 
often made it inadvisable to give the complete address which I had pre- 
pared owing to the lateness of the hour. 

In closing may I extend my sincere thanks and appreciation to the 
Excellent Principals and Scribes E. of the Chapters for their cooperation 
during my visits. 

To my successor I pledge my full support and to the Companions of 
Niagara District No. 7 I again offer a sincere thank you for extending to 
me the honor and privilege of serving as Grand Superintendent. 

TORONTO DISTRICT No. 8 
R. Ex. Comp. Ernest W. Bath 

I have the honor to present my report as Superintendent of Toronto 
District No. 8 for the year 1963-4. 

I wish to express my sincere thanks to the Principals and Past Prin- 
cipals of the Chapters of my District for the honor they conferred on me 
in selecting me as the representative of the Most Excellent the Grand 
First Principal in this District, and I also wish to thank M. Ex. Comp. 
Fraser Hay for confirming my election. 

I also wish to place on record my sincere appreciation of the services 
of Ex. Comp. Wilfrid Brown who acted as my secretary. I found him most 
efficient and capable and the entire District seemed to appreciate his 
efforts to promote the condition of Capitular Masonry in the District. 

After my election a District meeting was called of the ruling Prin- 
cipals on April 30, 1983, and a schedule of dates for inspections was ar- 
ranged. 



38 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

On my official visits of inspection to the 15 Chapters I was received 
with the welcome kindness and courtesy befitting the representative of 
the Most Excellent the Grand First Principal. I found the work in all 
Chapters uniform and high in character. With very few exceptions the 
various officers were well skilled and dignified in performing their duties. 
I also recommended to some that more rehearsals were a necessity when 
they were not getting many candidates to keep the officers proficient. 
My secretary reported to me that he found the books of the Scribe E. of 
each Chapter well kept and in good order. On each inspection I was at- 
tended by a number of ruling and past Principals and Companions of 
other Chapters to honor me as the representative of the Most Excellent 
the Grand First Principal. 

I would also like to express my sincere thanks to R. Ex. Comp. R. J. 
Lewis for his kindly help and able assistance to me on many occasions 
during my year. 

During the year the ruling Principals of my District arranged three 
chapters of instruction, the M.M..M. at Victoria Chapter, the M.E.M. at 
The St. Patrick Chapter and the Royal Arch at Orient Chapter. Each 
degree was conferred with skill and dignity and was well attended by of- 
ficers and Companions of the other Chapters. On all these visits I was 
accompanied by the District Instruction Committee. Each member of the 
committee gave a short talk of explanation of each degree and also an- 
swered many questions asked by the Companions. 

A large number of Companions of the two Toronto Districts attended 
a divine service in St. Cuthbert's Anglican Church on Bayview Avenue. 
We also had the pleasure of having M. Ex. Comp. C. Emmett and M. Ex. 
Comp. M. A. Searle with us on this occasion. I would like to thank R. Ex. 
Comp. H. Clark, Grand Superintendent of District 8A for his cooperation 
in this endeavor. 

My report would not be complete if I did not comment on the won- 
derful work being done by the Welfare Committee of the two Toronto 
Districts. These Companions are putting into effect the teachings of 
Royal Arch Masonry and are to be congratulated for their untiring ef- 
forts on making their contribution to this worthy cause. 

I also attended 12 installations which were done in a very fine man- 
ner and I took the opportunity to present each member of the Instruction 
and Education Committee to the Companions. Each gave a talk on why 
it was formed and what they hope to accomplish. I also stressed on the 
newly installed officers the need for strong working committees, par- 
ticularly membership and attendance committees. 

In conclusion I would like to thank all those Companions who helped 
make my term as Grand Superintendent a very happy and rewarding one, 
and a special thanks to all the ruling Principals and the Scribes E. for 
their assistance and friendship. 

TORONTO DISTRICT 8A 
R. Ex. Comp. Henry W. Clark 

I extend to M. Ex. Comp. Fraser Hay, M.D., my sincere appreciation 
for confirming my election as Grand Superintendent of Toronto District 
8 A. It has been a distinct honor and a great privilege to serve Royal Arch 
Masonry under his dynamic leadership. 

I also express my thanks and gratitude to the Principals, past and 
president, of Toronto District 8A for their confidence in electing me to 
this office. I trust that I have fully justified my preferment and express 
my hope that I may be of continued service to my District and to Royal 
Arch Masonry. 

I am indeed indebted to Ex. Comp. Bernard W. Spencer, my secretary, 



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who accompanied me on all inspections, installations and visits. His con- 
tinual congeniality and efficiency were a great help in our many pleasant 
duties. 

On May 26, 1963, a District meeting was held at which nearly every 
Chapter was well represented. A trestle board setting out dates of in- 
spection for each Chapter was established. 

A combined divine service with District 8 was discussed and the date 
decided. The date and place for a School of Instruction was also estab- 
lished. 

By November 6, 1963, all our inspections were completed. With one 
exception the degree work was well organized and properly presented by 
all taking part and I feel sure very impressive on the various candidates'. 
The First Principal of the one Chapter was notified of their shortcomings 
and assisted by myself to understand the importance or organized and 
properly presented degree work to the incoming candidates. 

I was received, without exception, on time and in a most courteous 
and dignified manner. 

We held a combined divine service at St. Cuthbert's Anglican Church, 
1399 Bayview Avenue, at 11 a.m. October 7, 1963. We had approximately 
230 Companions in attendance. R. Ex. Comp. E. W. Bath, Grand Superin- 
tendent of District 8, read the first lesson and I was privileged to read 
the second lesson. The Rev. J. de Pencier Wright delivered a very ap- 
propriate sermon and commented most favorably on the excellent at- 
tendance of Royal Arch Masons. 

On September 17, 1963, I had the pleasure of visiting District 8 and 
attending a reception tendered by The St. Patricks Chapter at Thornhill 
Temple to our illustrious Grand Third Principal R. Ex. Comp. Reginald J. 
Lewis. 

On October 8, 1963, at the regular Convocation of Shekinah Chapter 
No. 138 we again had the pleasure of receiving our yearly fraterial inter- 
Chapter visitation from Corinthian Chapter No. 3'4, Peterborough. We 
were honored on this occasion to receive and welcome R. Ex. Comp. 
James Girven, Grand Second Principal, and R. Ex. Comp. Reginald J. 
Lewis, Grand Third Principal of the Grand Chapter of R.A.M. of Canada 
in the Province of Ontario. R. Ex. Comp. J. Girven presented on this oc- 
casion, on behalf of the Grand First Principal, a 60-year R.A. jewel to 
V. Ex. Comp. George G. Elliott, a Past Principal of Shekinah Chapter No. 
138, a Companion who has served R.A. Masonry long, well and faithfully, 
having served as secretary and also treasurer for many years in each 
position. 

On November 15, 1963, I had the honor and pleasure of attending 
Kitchener Chapter No. 117, who graciously honored M. Ex. Comp. Fraser 
Hay, M.D., by holding a reception for him. This reception was well at- 
tended and again gave us the opportunity of renewing and enjoying many 
fraternal friendships. 

On December 16, 1963, I again had the pleasure of taking part in a 
Grand Chapter night sponsored by Beaver Chapter No. 225 of Toronto 
District 8. The attendance was excellent and the work of the evening was 
enthusiastically received. Social fraternization was enjoyed by all. 

During the year considerable work has been done in an effort to 
stimulate increased instruction and education. Marked progress has been 
noted by increased attendance, general increased enthusiasm and a 
marked increase in the number of Companions asking questions about 
the manner of presentation of various parts of the ritual. All Chapters in 
our District now have a Superintendent of Work who continually checks 
the work in all degrees, is responsible for rehearsals and is also respon- 
sible for having educational lectures sent by Grand Chapter Education 



40 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

and Instruction Committee read out at all regular Convocations of each 
Chapter. I am in contact continually with these Superintendents of Work. 

During my visitations I have stressed the need for organization and 
promptness in carrying out an evening to each First Principal. I have 
also stressed the operation and control of the various Chapter committees 
and their necessity. I gave, as food for thought and action, I hope, con- 
siderable information with regard to rejuvenating many of our inactive 
members and tried to point out that this was the responsibility of every 
member in every Chapter as well as the various committees appointed for 
this purpose. 

At every installation I gave, in the Chapter room, short educational 
talks relevant to the degree being conferred. These were well received 
and stimulated many inquiries and, I felt, increased enthusiasm. 

I noted during my installations an increased attendance, which I felt 
was mainly due to a considerable increase in inter-Chapter visitations. 
At several installations every Chapter in the District was represented, 
which speaks well for the enthusiasm of the newly installed officers. 

Any deficiences or misconceptions with regard to records and reports 
have been corrected and in fairness to all Scribes Ezra may I here state 
that these were very few and easily taken care of. 

Having attended three meetings of the Ruling Principals of our Dis- 
trict we are assured of organized, enthusiastic leadership in all Chapters. 

Due to upheaval of housing conditions, several of our Chapters will 
be relocating before fall sessions commence. Considerable work is being 
done to this end at present. 

Many presentations were made during the year on behalf of the 
Most Excellent the Grand First Principal and Grand Chapter and all were 
received most graciously. 

I had the pleasure of R. Ex. Comp. E. Bath accompanying me at an 
inspection. I also had the pleasure of visiting District 8 for an inspection, 
a reception, a Grand Chapter night and an installation. The fraternal 
feelings in Toronto Districts 8 and 8 A are very close and sincere. 

In closing may I express once again my sincere thanks to all the 
Companions of District 8A for the privilege of serving you this past year 
and for your generosity in so ably assisting me in every way. May you 
give my successor equal support. 

GEORGIAN DISTRICT No. 9 
R. Ex. Comp. B. M. Conron 

It is my pleasure to present my report on the condition of Capitular 
Masonry in Georgian District No. 9. 

May I express my sincere thanks to the Principals, past and present, 
of Georgian District for the honor conferred upon me and through me on 
Manitou Chapter No. 27 in selecting me as their Grand Superintendent. 
May I express my thanks also to M. Ex. Comp. Fraser Hay for his kind- 
ness in confirming my election. 

Ex. Comp. J. A. Kilsby of Manitou Chapter, Collingwood, whom I 
appointed as my secretary, has done a marvellous job in this capacity. 

The District meeting held at Manitou Chapter No. 27 on May 22, 
1963, provided the Chapters in the District with the opportunity to dis- 
cuss problems relating to their individual Chapters and to establish the 
dates for the official visits. 

In reviewing the official visits now that all have been made it is 
possible to give an overall recapitulation of the reports. All the degrees 
were conferred during the term. For the most part the officers were quite 
proficient in their work and the degrees were conferred in a manner that 
was clear and comprehensive to the candidates. It is quite clear, however, 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1964 41 

that more practice sessions would certainly preserve the interest of the 
Companions and even better degree work could be the result. 

With the exception of three, all the Chapters received one or more 
visits beside the official. It was my pleasure to have with me on two of 
my visits two Grand Chapter officers in the persons of R. Ex. Comp. A. 
G. Ness, Grand Scribe N., who was visiting in the Orillia area when I 
visited Couchiching Chapter, and R. Ex. Comp. J. N. Edwards, Grand 
Superintendent of Wellington District No. 4, who accompanied Com- 
panions of Georgian Chapter to the official visit at Manitou Chapter. 

Couchiching Chapter is to be congratulated on the successful Ladies' 
Night held on June 22, 1963. This is the first time to my knowledge that 
a Ladies' Night has been held in Georgian District. My wife and I were 
pleased to be present on this occasion to represent Grand Chapter. On 
February 14, 1964, this Chapter celebrated the 50th anniversary of the 
institution of their Chapter and we were also present on this momentous 
occasion. 

The evening of my visit to Seguin Chapter was also the second anni- 
versary of the dedication of this Chapter and the anniversary cake, made 
for this occasion, was cut by Georgian District's oldest Companion in 
years, Comp. Adam Brown, who at the time was in his 101st year. He 
joined Seguin Chapter at the age of 99 — just to complete his Masonic 
education! 

On behalf of M. Ex. Comp. Fraser Hay and Grand Chapter I had the 
pleasure to present to three Companions of Manitou and to one Com- 
panion of Signet Chapter 50-year Royal Arch Masons jewels and to a 
Right Excellent Companion of Signet Chapter a 25-year Past Principal's 
jewel. 

My visits of inspection to the Chapters and degrees conferred were 
as follows: 

June 17 — Seguin No. 261, Parry Sound, M.M.M. 

Oct. 8— Signet No. 34, Barrie, M.M.M. 

Oct 11— Couchiching No. 198, Orillia, M.E.M. 

Nov. 19 — Georgian No. 56, Owen Sound, H.R.A. 
1964 

Jan. 17— Amabel No. 131, Wiarton, H.R.A. 

Jan. 22— Manitou No. 27, Collingwood, M.E.M. 

Feb. 10— Kichekewana No. 167, Midland, H.R.A. 

I was properly and cordially received by all the Chapters as the 
representative of the Most Excellent the Grand First Principal. At all the 
official visits I tried to give some reflections on the degree conferred. 
This was intended to shed a little more light on the symbolism of the 
degree and for this instruction I found the pamphlets provided by the 
Masonic Education Committee of Grand Chapter of the utmost assistance. 
May they continue to supply these gems of thought as the years go by. 

In conclusion may I 3 gain thank all my Companions in the District 
for their support and coooeration during my term of office. To my suc- 
cesser I extend my heartiest congratulations and may I solicit for him 
the same support and generosity of the Companions which I have enjoyed. 

ONTARIO DISTRICT No. 10 
R. Ex. Comp. A. G. Coppin 

It is with the greatest of pleasure that I submit my report on the 
condition of Royal Arch Masonry in Ontario District No. 10. 

May I first express my sincere thanks to the past and present Prin- 
cipals of Ontario District for the honor conferred on me in electing me 
to this high office. May I also express my sincere thanks to M. Ex. Comp. 
Fraser Hay for confirming my election. 



42 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

My first duty was to appoint Ex. Comp. D. W. Ives of Pentalpha 
Chapter as my secretary. I wish to thank him most sincerely for his loyal 
support and assistance. 

I have attended all the Chapters in the District twice and some 
Chapters more often. 

June 4, 1963, was my first official visit. The next official visit was 
September 11, 1963, and they continued until November 26. 

I had the pleasure of investing V. Ex. Comp. E. Rickson of Darius 
Chapter, Cannington, with his Very Excellent regalia. I also invested 
Ex. Comp. H. Suddard of Pentalpha Chapter, Oshawa, with his 25-year 
Past Principal's jewel. 

A school of instruction was held in Oshawa on the M.E.M. degree 
with all Chapters participating, including the District Instruction Com- 
mittee. 

On October 20, 1963, a divine service was held in Port Hope for all 
Chapters, with a very good representation. Many thanks to Victoria 
Chapter for being our host. The ladies were also invited and a light 
lunch was served after. 

I have organized a five-minute instruction period at each convoca- 
tion in each Chapter. 

I have witnessed all the degrees many times and feel proud to state 
the officers of Ontario District are quite capable of conferring all degrees 
efficiently. 

My visits of inspection to the Chapters and the degrees conferred are 
as follows: 

June 4— Pentalpha No. 28, Oshawa, H.R.A. 

Sept. 11— Warkworth No. 110, Warkworth, M.M.M. 

Sept. 16— Ionic No. 168, Campbellford, M.M.M. 

Sept. 26— Corinthin No. 36, Peterborough, M.M.M. 

Oct. 4— Excelsior No. 45, Colborne, M.M.M. 

Oct. 11— Victoria No. 37, Port Hope, M.M.M. 

Oct. 16— King Darius No. 134, Cannington, M.M.M. 

Oct. 17— Midland No. 94, Lindsay, M.E.M. 

Nov. 11— Keystone No. 35, Whitby, H.R.A. 

Nov. 18— Palestine No. 249, Bowmanville, H.R.A. 

Nov. 26— St. Johns No. 48, Cobourg, H.R.A. 

I received the most cordial and fraternal welcome as the representa- 
tive of the Grand First Principal on all my visits, official and fraternal. 

Reviewing conditions of Royal Arch Masonry in Ontario District, at- 
tendance and new members in some Chapters are lacking. The interest, 
excellence of meetings, opening Chapters on time, fellowship, benevolence 
and enthusiasm are in evidence in each Chapter. 

From the installations which I have attended I can report the motto 
of the new officers is to strive hard to improve attendance and secure 
new members as well as to confer very fine degrees. 

In conclusion I would like to express my sincere thanks to Past Grand 
Chapter officers, all First Principals, officers and Companions for their 
whole-hearted support and cooperation and to all Royal Arch Masons in 
general. 

"May the God of Love and Peace delight to dwell with you and bless 
you for evermore." 

To my successor I pledge my whole-hearted cooperation and as- 
sistance and wish him every success. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1964 43 

PRINCE EDWARD DISTRICT No. 11 
R. Ex. Comp. Lome E. Vaughan 
Having visited the eight Chapters in Prince Edward District No. 11 
and after making 27 visits in all to date, I find that Capitular Masonry is 
in a fairly satisfactory condition, based on the following: 

. Attendance percentage has increased slightly and the trend towards 1 
increased attendance should continue in 1964-5 helped by a series of pre- 
arranged inter-Chapter visits commencing on February 18 and ending on 
April 15, 1964, with all Chapters in the District participating. 

2. There is a keen interest in Royal Arch Masonry, particularly on 
the part of the younger Companions. 

3. The stronger Chapters are giving every assistance to the less for- 
tunate Chapters by way of visiting, supplying candidates for degree 
work, assisting in degree work and installations when called upon. 

4. The ritualistic work is being improved and is exemplified in a 
commendable manner. 

5. The financial position of the Chapters is in sound condition. 

6. Membership has decreased largely on account of deaths, over 
which we have no control. However, I feel if attendance is increased, the 
quality of work improved and the general interest and enthusiasm main- 
tained at a high level then membership will automatically take care of 
itself in the future. 

I appreciate the honor conferred upon me by my Companions of 
Prince Edward District in electing me to the office of Grand Superin- 
tendent. 

I thank M. Ex. Comp. Dr. Fraser Hay, Grand First Principal, Grand 
Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the Province of Ontario for 
confirming my election. 

It has been an interesting and rewarding experience and if I have 
contributed anything to improve the condition of Royal Arch Masonry in 
general or in Prince Edward District No. 11 in particular then I have been 
fully repaid for my time and efforts. 

ST. LAWRENCE DISTRICT No. 12 
R. Ex. Comp. William H. Gummer 
It is my pleasure to submit my report as the Grand Superintendent 
of St. Lawrence District No. 12 for the period 1963-4. 

First may I offer my sincere appreciation to the Principals and Past 
Principals of this District for electing me to the high and important of- 
fice of Grand Superintendent and to M. Ex. Comp. Dr. Hay for confirm- 
ing my election. 

My first duty upon assuming office was to appoint Ex. Comp. Robert 
H. Seymour, Scribe E., Ancient Frontenac and Cataraque Chapter No. 1, 
as my secretary. It is with a great sense of gratitude that I thank him for 
his ready cooperation and assistance. He accompanied me on all my of- 
ficial visits and inspected the records of the constituent Chapters. 

Late in May I had a meeting with the Principals of the District in 
the Masonic Temple at Brockville. A large number of Principals were 
present when the instruction from Grand Chapter were made known to 
them. The plans which I had drawn up for the coming year were present- 
ed at this meeting. 

The highlight of the year was my visit to Cornwall on October 5, 
1963, to attend the 16th annual International Night sponsored by Coven- 
ant Chapter No. 113, Cornwall, and Massena Chapter, Massena, N.Y. 
M. Ex. Comp. Dr. Hay, Grand First Principal, was present and delivered 
the main address. Other speakers were M. Ex. Comp. Victor A. Fields, 



44 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

Grand High Priest of the State of New York, and M. Ex. Comp. B. M. 
McCharles, Grand First Principal of the Province of Quebec. The evening 
was very enjoyable to all present, including the ladies. 

On behalf of Grand Chapter I invested V. Ex. Comp. D. Shepherd 
with his regalia as Grand Pursuivant. I also presented a 50-year Royal 
Arch Mason's jewel to Comp. R. R, Derry, a member of Ancient Fron- 
tenac and Cataraqui Chapter and a close friend for many years. 

On the occasion of my official visits to the various Chapters in the 
District I was received very cordially and in a manner befitting the 
representative of the Grand First Principal. 

A schedule of my visits and the degrees conferred or business con- 
ducted is set out below: 

Oct. 7 — Sussex-St. Lawrence No. 59, R.A.M. 

Oct 10— Maitland No. 68, M.M.M. 

Oct. 16— Covenant No. 113, M.E.M. 

Oct. 21— St. Johns No. 112, M.M.M. 

Nov. 15 — Ancient Frontenac and Cataraqui No. 1, M.E.M. 

Nov. 26— Leeds No. 13*2, M.E.M. 

Dec. 10 — Grenville No. 22, election 

At each of these visits I delivered a short talk on some aspect of the 
work of the evening and was pleased with the enthusiasm with which 
they were received by the Companions. This in itself was ample reward 
for all my efforts during the year. 

Besides my official visits I have tried to visit each Chapter at least 
once more during my term of office. However, distance and inclement 
weather have combined to make this impossible in some cases. 

In each Chapter the work of the evening was carried out in a very 
impressive and dignified manner. The only discouraging thing was the 
small attendance of the Companions. This I feel could be corrected if 
each Chapter would devote a few minutes of each regular meeting to 
Masonic education. This would be a wonderful opportunity for the District 
Masonic Instruction Committee to do yeoman service. 

I have arranged for the Chapters a schedule of inter-Chapter visits. 
These have been received by the Chapters and I have been assured that 
they will be carried out during 1964. 

A chapter of instruction is being planned for February 22, 1964, at 
the Masonic Temple in Brockville. Plans are well underway to exemplify 
the Royal Arch degree at that time and it is hoped that M. Ex. Comp. B. 
H. Smith, Grand Lecturer, will be present to offer his assistance and 
guidance. 

In conclusion I would like to express ray sincere thanks to all who 
assisted me in any way to carrv out my duties. The past year has been 
one which I shall always remember. 

May the blessing of the Great Jehovah be ever with us. 

OTTAWA DISTRICT No. 13 
R. Ex. Comp. W. Cecil Carson 

In submitting my report I wish to thank each Chapter in the District 
for electing me to this distinguished office and. in narticular, sincere ap- 
preciation to M. Ex. Comp. Fraser Hay, Grand Z., for confirming the 
same as his representative. 

Ex. Comp. Alexander Mack graciouslv and sincerely performed his 
duties as secretary to the Grand Superintendent. His time and particular 
talents were most helpful and necessary. 

A District meeting was held at Ottawa Masonic Temple May 30, 
1963. We covered sections of the Constitution, Manuals of Instruction 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1964 45 

and other items of interest to presiding Councils and the Scribes E. of the 
Chapters. At this meeting the work and interest of the Past Principals' 
Association and the District Masonic Instruction Committee was dis- 
cussed. The latter committee, under the chairmanship of R. Ex. Comp. 
H. T. C. Humphries by R. Ex. Comp. C. A. Bailey and V. Ex. Comp. W. 
M. Stanley did a splendid job of informing the Companions of their work 
and the opportunity of service being offered by this committee for the 
benefit of the District. This will be a continuing force to provide good, 
uniform and instructive work in all Chapters. 

Divine church services — Sunday, May 19, 1963, at Westminister 
Presbyterian Church, Smiths Falls, St. Francis Chapter No. 133; Sun- 
day, October 20, 1963, at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Carleton 
Place, Maple Chapter No. 116. 

I wish to recommend that two or more Chapters hold a joint divine 
church service and this was mentioned throughout the District by me. 

Schedule of visitations: 

Sept. 19— Laurentian No. 151, Pembroke, M.M.M. 

Sept. 26— Ottawa No. 222, Ottawa, M.E.M. 

Oct. 2— Kitchener No. 216, Russell, M.M.M. 

Oct. 7— Dochert No. 248, Arnprior, M.M.M. 

Oct. 10— Granite No. 61, Almonte, M.M.M. (Ex.) 

Bonnechere No. 114, Renfrew, M.E.M. 

Oct. 24— St. John No. 148, Vankleek Hill, M.E.M. (Ex.) 

Oct. 28— Glengarry No. 143, Maxville, M.E.M. 

Nov. 6— Maple No. 116, Carleton Place, H.R.A. (Ex.) 

Nov. 15— St. Francis No. 133, Simths Falls, M.E.M. 

Nov. 20— Carleton No. 16, Ottawa, H.R.A. 

Nov. 21— Prince of Wales No. 226, Perth, M.E.M. 

It was absolutely splendid to witness the support by present and 
past Grand Chapter officers'. On no occasion were there less than two 
and as many as six Past Grand Superintendents with us plus many other 
past and present Grand Chapter officers. It was equally gratifying to 
have many Companions make a special effort to be with us. I shall 
treasure their support and friendship. 

The visit by officers and members of The St. Patrick Chapter No. 
145, Toronto, to Carleton Chapter No. 16 was a highlight of the fall sea- 
son. M. Ex. Comp. J. L. House, P.Z., represented the Grand Z., who could 
not be present due to a prior commitment. R. Ex. Comp. Jim E. Girven, 
Grand Second Principal, gave the address in the banquet room. R. Ex. 
Comp. R. Lewis, Grand J., and many other past and present Grand Chap- 
ter officers were among those made welcome. 

During the closing weeks of my term of office I enjoyed the op- 
portunity of visits to a few of the Chapters on a more informal basis. 

Several Chapters are considering joint divine church services. This 
can be of value. Many are also making plans for inter-Chapter visits in 
the District. These will be ready for the trestle-board of my successor. 

The statistical account of each Chapter which accompanies this re- 
port gives the ebb and flow of membership, finances and progress. It 
does not reflect, in total, the sincere hard work that each Chapter is 
doing and it conceals the spirit which every Chapter has and is generating 
with its members. While difficulties in attendance, non-payment of dues- 
and drop-outs may be of concern to all of us, they are small problems 
weighed in the balance of the total force for good which we accomplish. 

I look and pray for continual improvement in the numerical strength; 
for members who will adorn our order and add the tvpe of strength and 
vigor we seek; for members to whom we can pass on the rich heritage and 
the enriching experience that will mould the mind, actions and the spirit 



46 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

of those who come to us seeking enlightenment and the companionship 
we have to offer. 

If I have been of some small help and may continue to be of some 
service I thank you. 

ALGOMA DISTRICT No. 14 
R. Ex. Comp. Lambert J. 0. Sundin 

It is a pleasure to submit my report on the condition of Capitular 
Masonry in District No. 14. 

First I wish to express my sincere thanks to the Principals past and 
present for the honor they conferred upon me and through me on Quetico 
Chapter No. 259 in elevating me to the high office of Grand Superinten- 
dent. I also wish to extend by humble thanks to M. Ex. Comp, Fraser Hay 
in confirming my election. 

It was my pleasant duty and privilege to appoint Ex. Comp. John 
Boone as my secretary. He has been most efficient in his services and has 
extended loyal support and cooperation. I owe him my sincere thanks for 
his services in making my task so enjoyable. 

The time has now come when I must write my report, doing so with 
a feeling that little has been accomplished during my term of office. I 
have made some observations and in this report I shall make some sug- 
gestions which I hope will at least provoke some serious thinking. 

At all visits I was received and given the honors due the office of 
Grand Superintendent. 

My official visits were arranged, dated and completed as follows: 

June 8— Golden Star No. 254, U/D Sioux Lookout 

June 10 — Quetico No. 259, Atikokan. 

Sept. 18— Shunia No. 82, Port Arthur 

Sept. 30— Fort William No. 140, Fort William 

Oct. 12— Alberton No. 152, Fort Frances 

Nov. 27— Golden No. 90, Kenora 

June 8, Golden Star No. 254, Dryden — This visitation took place at a 
field day held in Sioux Lookout Masonic lodge room. Although the 
weather was extremely hot and humid the lodge room was crowded. The 
degrees were conferred in a most excellent manner. The officers had 
their ritual to perfection. This is one Chapter that deserves a lot of credit. 
After the lodge had been closed for the afternoon session the members 
attended a very excellent dinner catered to by the ladies of the Order of 
the Eastern Star. The Companions then returned to Chapter Hall where 
H.R.A. was opened and that degree conferred on 12 candidates. On com- 
pletion of the dav's ceremonies the officers and Companions of Golden 
Star returned to Dryden. 

September 18, Shuniah No. 82, Port Arthur — This visitation was on a 
regular meeting night. There were no degrees conferred at this meeting, 
but from previous attendance at degrees I know the officers to be pro- 
ficient in their work. 

A discussion was held re problems of attendance and membership. 
This problem so far has been general throughout the District. 

September 30, Fort William No. 140, Fort William — This visit took 
place on an evening when the M.M.M. degree was conferred. To the pre- 
siding First Principal of this Chapter I owe my apologies for arriving 
unexpectedly to make my official visit. This was not intentional but due 
to a breakdown in communications. However, we all enjoyed the evening 
very much in spite of the confusion I caused bv my arrival not more than 
five minutes before the lodge was to open. The degree work was per- 
formed in a very efficient manner. 

October 12, Alberton No. 152, Fort Frances — This was a very happy 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1964 47 

occasion being able to visit my many old friends and Companions of my 
mother Chapter. The degrees were well conferred, the M.M.M. and 
M.E.M., after which the members sojourned to a luncheon in the Rainy 
Lake Hotel. After the luncheon the Companions returned to the Chapter 
room opened in the H.R.A. and conferred the same on the four brethren. 
At the conclusion of the ceremonies the Companions left with a very 
favorable impression of all they received. 

October 17, Atwood No. 149, Rainy River — This visitation was a 
regular meeting night. There being no degree work, a discussion was held 
re membership and attendance. The discussion seems to have been of 
some value since Rainy River now has a candidate. Atwood has had a 
very difficult problem the past few years, being the former C.N.R. 
divisional points in the days of steam locomotives and now faced with 
continuous reduction of railway workers. However, these Companions are 
not quitters in face of adverse conditions or this Chapter would have sur- 
rendered their charter some years ago. Once again the appearance of a 
candidate on the notice is a sign of better things to come. 

November 27, Golden No. 90, Kenora — Golden was the last Chapter 
to be visited. The journey to and from this visit was through the worst 
snow storm of the season. There was no degree work this evening, but the 
election of officers- filled the evening, this being a regular meeting night. 
After the Chapter business a discussion on attendance and membership 
held. 

One of the most pleasant of my duties has been the presentation of 
five 50-year jewels, only one of which I was unable to do personally. This 
one I delegated to R. Ex. Comp. David Harcus. The presentation was 
made at Fort William's last regular meeting. 

Capitular Masonry on the whole appears to be on the upswing in 
Algoma District No. 14 although not showing anything startling at the 
present time. However, the adverse economic conditions seem to be show- 
ing some signs of improvement, the main indication being the number of 
candidates applying for Blue Lodge admittance. 

The Chapters should benefit from this as there are some who are 
interested in Capitular Masonry for what it is and not as a stepping 
stone. 

However, one serious problem is the cream of our membership 
goes to the service clubs where there is a definite objective to work 
for, whether it happens to be on a local or national scale. This is some- 
thing we lack. Just going to meetings, listening to the reading of sum- 
mons of convocation, reading and confirming minutes, some general busi- 
ness, possibly witness a degree — if they are lucky — then close the Chap- 
ter and go home. 

For the betterment of Capitular Masonry in general I believe we 
should incorporate something into our great institution, as great as 
Masonry is to belong to, that will be equally as great to get behind and 
work for, where the membership can stand up and be proud to be counted. 

One of our prime concerns is innovations in ritualistic work. This 
also would be benefitted by more visitations from Grand Chapter officers, 
by getting about the District to various Chapters and having proper in- 
struction sessions. 

NEW ONTARIO DISTRICT No. 15 
R. Ex. Comp. W. B. Walker 

I hereby submit my report on the condition of Royal Arch Masonry 
in New Ontario District No. 15. 

Ex. Comp. L. S. J. Atkinson kindly consented to be my secretary 
and was able to accompany me on all official visits. He performed his 
duties with great efficiency and was invaluable to me. 



48 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

The dates of the official visits were as follows: 

Oct. 8— Tuscan Chapter No. 95 

Oct. 11 — Algonquin Chapter No. 102 

Oct. 3— St. John's Chapter No. 103. 

Nov. 19— Espanola Chapter No. 257 

At each Chapter I was truly well received and the warmth of their 
welcome left nothing to be desired. 

I was able to visit Espanola Chapter on several occasions and took 
part in the installation of their 1964 officers. 

All Chapters conferred the degrees in a most capable manner with 
the proper dignity and decorum. 

I do believe that the refreshment hour could be improved upon to 
the benefit of each Chapter. 

Each Chapter seemed to be "alive" and the enthusiasm shown in- 
dicates that the future of Capitular Masonry in this District will be 
good. 

Espanola Chapter at its January, 1964, convocation balloted on 16 
applicants, which is about 19 per cent of their total membership. 

Algonquin Chapter was able to report at the close of 1963 that there 
were no members in arrears of dues. 

With the able assistance of Ex. Comp. K. Shore and other members 
of the District Masonic Instruction Committee a Chapter of Instruction 
was held at Espanola on October 5, 1963, and all Chapters were well rep- 
resented. The three degrees were exemplified and discussed to the plea- 
sure and profit of all. This event pointed out the discrepancies in each 
Chapter's work and a long list of questions was sent to the Grand Chap- 
ter Masonic Instruction Committee. The District Instruction Committee 
is functioning very well. 

The need for working committees has been pointed out to each Chap- 
ter. 

On all occasions I stressed the necessity for all Royal Arch Masons 
to know the meaning of each degree thoroughly to be better able to dis- 
pense knowledge. 

The overall attendance for 1963 is up very slightly and could be 
better. 

The past months have been a great joy to me and the pleasant man- 
ner in which I was received by all Companions puts me in their debt. 

TEM1SKAMING DISTRICT No. 16 
R. Ex. Comp. Ken Griffin 
This is my report on my term as Grand Superintendent of Temiskam- 
ing District No. 16. At this time I would like to thank the Chapters of the 
District for the honor they conferred on me and to thank the Grand First 
Principal for confirming my election. I was fortunate in obtaining the 
services of Ex. Comp. E. J. Harris as my secretary, who was a pleasant 
companion on all my trips and was conscientious in the discharge of his 
duties. 

My thanks are extended to the Companions of Kirkland Chapter who 
accompanied me on my visits to the sister Chapters and gave helpful 
advice and support. 

My visits in the District were as follows: 
June 22 — District meeting in Kirkland Lake 
July 11 — Temiskaming Chapter unofficial visit 
Sept. 18 — Northern Lights Chapter official visit 
Oct. 23 — Chapter of Instruction, Kirkland Lake 



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Oct. 30 — Abitibi Chapter official visit 

Nov. 14 — Temiskaming Chapter official visit 

Nov. 20 — Chapter of Instruction, Northern Lights Chapter 

Nov. 27 — Kirkland Chapter official visit 

On June 22, 1963, Ex. Comp. Fick loaned his summer cottage on 
Sesekenika Lake for a District meeting. All Chapters of the District 
were represented and plans were discussed for the season. A lot of ideas 
were put forward in the informal atmosphere and Grand Chapter recom- 
mendations were put before the members for discussion. 

The average membership in the District meetings for the year was 
about 20 per cent of the membership. This is not a true figure, however, 
as it does not take into account the out of town members, but it is low. 
The new committees should stimulate attendance and efforts are being 
made to create more interest by allotting work to the junior officers and 
other members. 

Membership in the District shows a slight increase. Deaths accounted 
for 15 of the losses, suspensions were 10, offset by 25 new members and 
two restorations for a net gain of two. 

The new committees recommended by Grand Chapter are being well 
received in the District and should begin to show their effectiveness in the 
coming year. 

Expenditures in benevolence is low in the Chapters of the District. A 
lot of this work is done by Chapter members but under the auspices of 
the craft lodge. 

The work of the Sick and Visiting Committee does not show, but the 
Chapter members are a closely knit body and their work is being con- 
scientiously done. 

The Instruction Committee is functioning well in the District. Meet- 
ings have been held in all Chapters and the officers and members are 
keenly interested in the work of this committee. The chairman is R. Ex. 
Comp. Howard Beaton of Abitibi Chapter, assisted by Ex. Comp. A. 
Humphries and Ex. Comp. R. Sinclair, Kirkland Chapter. This committee 
is to be congratulated on a fine effort. 

There is a good feeling of comraderie throughout the District be- 
tween all Chapters. 

Inter-Chapter visits are not as frequent as could be desired but this 
is due in part to the distances between Chapters and also that a large per- 
centage of the members are forced to start to work early in the morning 
and late hours are a hardship. 

The future of Capitular Masonry in the District is fair. All Chapters 
have candidates to be advanced and with the new committees operating 
efficiently fresh interest should be aroused among the members. 

The officers in the Chapters are of a good type and are interested in 
the work, which should help to stimulate interest. 

One of the interesting events of the year was the exaltation of a 
father and son. Brother Gordon Loach and his son, Wor. Brother Ron 
Loach, passed through the three degrees together. 

Two 25-year jewels were presented to R. Ex. Comp. George McKelvie of 
Temiskaming Chapter and R. Ex. Comp. L. W. Coombs of Kirkland 
Chapter. 

My best wishes are extended to my successor and any help that I can 
give is available at all times. 



50 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

GRAND TREASURER'S STATEMENT OF ACCOUNTS 

To the Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons 
of Canada in the Province of Ontario. 

Most Excellent Grand Z. and Companions: 

I submit herewith Statement of Receipts and Disbursements for the 
period March 1, 1963, to February 29, 1964. 



GENERAL ACCOUNT 

RECEIPTS 

Balance February 28, 1963 7,148.38 

Received from Grand Scribe E.: 

Receipts from Chapters $20,971.75 

Grand Convocation receipts 1,777.50 

Transfer from Life Membership Fund 2,212,85 

Transfer from Chapters' Life Membership Fund 17.75 

Interest on investments 2,787.50 

Sales to other Grand Chapters 524.15 

Sale of History 232.00 

Sale of investments (par value $6,000) 5,438.96 33,962.46 



$41,110.84 

DISBURSEMENTS 

Grand Scribe E. office: 

Compensation 5,199.98 

Assistants 3,079.31 

Rent 2,416.00 

Miscellaneous 2,277.98 

Printing : 

Proceedings 1,741.66 

General 444.85 

Travelling: 

Grand Z 2,000.00 

General — 

Expenses: 

Grand Convocation 5,700.74 

Grand Executive 1,856,30 

Grand Historian and Reviewer 300.00 

Audit fee 500.00 

Jewels, medals and engraving 1,120.14 

Education and Instruction 172.44 

Masonic Library 125.00 

Canadian Masonic Research Association 50.00 

Transfer to Chapters' Life Membership Fund .19 

Printing supplies for re-sale 1,382.51 

Grand Z., regalia 382.31 

Grand Z., testimonial 350.00 

Investment— Sterling Trusts Corp. 5%%, 1968 2,000.00 

Bank loan interest 87.77 

Bank loans repaid 3,000.00 

34,187.18 

Balance as at February 29, 1964 6,923.66 

$41,110.84 



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VICTORY THANKSGIVING BENEVOLENT FUND 

Balance February 28, 1963 2,620.96 

Received from Grand Scribe E.: 

Interest on investments 2,325.25 

Donations 52.80 

Bank interest 82.09 

2,460.14 

5,081.10 

DISBURSEMENTS 

Benevolent grants 1,000,00 

Purchase of investment: 

Sterling Trusts Corp.— 5^%, Dec, 

1968 3\00O.0O 

4,000.00 

Balance as at February 29, 1964 1,081.10 

5,081.10 

GRAND CHAPTER LIFE MEMBERSHIP FUND 

RECEIPTS 

Balance February 28, 1963 897.52 

Received from Grand Scribe E.: 

Commutations 1,150.00 

Interest on investments 770.00 

Bank interest and exchange 16.35 1,936.35 

2,833.87 
DISBURSEMENTS 

Transferred to General Fund 2,212.85 

Balance as at February 29, 1964 621.02 



2,833.87 



CHAPTERS' LIFE MEMBERSHIP FUND 



RECEIPTS 

Balance February 28, 1963 110.66 

Received from Grand Scribe E.: 

Bank interest 3.46 

Transferred from General Fund .19 

114.31 
DISBURSEMENTS 

Transferred to General Fund 17.75 

Balance as at February 29, 1964 96.56 

114.31 
Respectfully submitted, 

FRED W. DEAN, P.G.Z., 

Grand Treasurer 
Examined and verified — J. D. Lewars, C.A., Auditor. 

Moved by R. Ex. Comp. James E. Girven, seconded by M. Ex. Comp. 
F. W. Dean, and— 

Resolved — That the report of the Grand Treasurer as corrected be 
received and adopted. 



52 



GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 



REPORT OF THE GRAND SCRIBE E. 

To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Members of the Grand 
Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the Province of Ontario. 

I present herewith the annual report of cash receipts and ledger 
balance for the fiscal year ending February 29, 1964. 



REVENUE ACCOUNT FOR THE YEAR 
March 1, 1963, to February 29, 1964 



No. Name of Chapter Amount 

1 Ancient Frontenac and Cataraqui. . $209.06 

2 The Hiram 161.63 

3 St. John's, London 181.03 

4 The St. Andrew and St. John 114.46 

5 St. George's 163.08 

St. John's 134.46 

7 The Moira 216.76 

8 King Solomon's 241.88 

1'5 Wawanosh 163.21 

16 Carleton 530.62 

18 Oxford 206.71 

19 Mount Moriah 200.33 

20 Mount Horeb 75.53 

22 Grenville 69.78 

23 Ezra 129.84 

24 Tecumseh 195.08 

26 St. Mark's 109.01 

27 Manitou 112.15 

28 Pentalpha 217.53 

29 McCallum 108.46 

30 Huron 120.28 

31 Prince Edward 168.36 

32 Waterloo 158,76 

3*4 Signet 104.73 

35 Keystone 89.06 

36 Corinthian 374.98 

37 Victoria 105.76 

40 Guelph 191.43 

41 Harris 109.71 

44 Mount Sinai 117.76 

45 Excelsior 50.33 

46 St. James 77.58 

47 Wellington 119.98 

48 St. John's 88.80 

53 Bruce 67.34 

54 Palestine 224.25 

55 Niagara 71.83 

56 Georgian 79,81 

57 King Hiram 110.22 

59 Sussex-St. Lawrence 262.84 

61 Granite 74.06 

62 York 127.68 

63 Hsvelock 81.93 

64 Willson 116.66 

65 St. Paul's 98.80 

66 The Malloch 76.13 



Balance 
Debit 

$ 21.43 

13.39 

.58 



1.98 

1.28 

126.00 



5.43 



.18 
.43 



.86 

6.86 
.63 

1.28 



.43 
18.71 



.43 



9.27 

4.72 
2.31 

46.30 
4.72 

7.32 
31.85 



Balance 
Credit 



2.97 
.35 



1.27 



1.73 

12.72 
.42 



.85 



2.55 



.84 
.15 



4.40 

2.14 

17.73 

.84 



.84 



7.14 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1964 53 

Balance Balance 

No. Name of Chapter Amount Debit Credit 

67 Enterprise 83.43 3.50 

68 Maitland 94.86 .43 

69 Grimsby 87.35 .43 

71 Prince of Wales 126.46 9.37 

72i Keystone 67.31 .27 

73 Erie 96.71 19.77 

74 Beaver 77.55' 

75 St. Clair 110.18 7.00 

76 Mount Nebo 84.98 10.85 

77 Occident 246.65 8.00 

78 Minnewawa 114,89 5.06 

79 Orient 97.88 56.80 

80 Ark 214.04 6.85 

81 Aylmer 89.73 1,52 

82 Shuniah 227.97 3.23 

83 Ionic 98.73 

84 Lebanon 85.31 37.41 

88 MacNabb 95.93 

90 Golden 192.33 111.43 

91 Toronto-Antiquity 121.33 15.22 

94 Midland 63.98 2,54 

95 Tuscan 316.16 .05 

102 Algonquin 301.03 108.60 

103 St. John's 139.66 .42 

104 White Oak 130.20 69.55 

110 Warkworth 47.64 22.97 

112 St. John's 111.74 1.43 

113 Convenant 240.86 1.28 

114 Bonnechere 106.78 1.01 

115 Brant 94.95 .85 

116 Maple 94.36 2.13 

117 Kitchener 182.55 

119 King Cyrus 16-0.46 4.50 

129 Elliott 93.13 6.85 

130 Chantrv 60,33 

131 Amabel 97.56 .42 

132 Leeds 89.95 1.80 

133 St. Francis 196.55 .91 

134 King Darius 71.73 .57 

135 Succoth 66.68 .15 

138 Shekinah 372.96 4.25 

140 Fort William 162,78 12.38 

143 Glengarry 53.53 .43 

144 Presau'ile 57.50 2.57 

145 The St. Patrick 175.13 71.60 

146 Bernard 117.98 5.14 

147 Lucknow 72.74 2.56 

148 St. John's 74.28 .60 

149 Atwood 37.41 .85 

150 London 109.48 6.92 

151 Laurentian 154.43 14.84 

152 Alberton 153.41 14.50 

153 Sombra 111.16 1.42 

155 Ancaster 108.46 32.68 

161 Madoc 125.24 9.43 

163 The Beaches 97.86 28.11 

164 Lome 6291 .42 

167 Kichikewana 199.05 .12 



54 



GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 



No. Name of Chapter Amount 

168 Ionic 107.66 

169 Temiskaming 81.36 

175 The Hamilton 120.21 

184 Hugh Murray 94,50 

195 Peel 140,68 

198 Couchiching 169.41 

205 Victoria 156.15 

210 Kitchener 92.74 

212 Mount Sinai 405.79 

213 Northern Lights 102.65 

214 Vimy 67.63 

215 Mimico 136.45 

217 St. Albari's 123.71 

218 Prince Edward 58.60 

219 Ulster 12:2.73 

220 Lebanon 106.78 

221 Durham 69.98 

222 Ottawa 293.11 

223 Abitibi 87.23 

224 Keystone 93.35 

225 Beaver 103.86 

226 Prince of Wales 153.03 

227 Quinte Friendship 274.73 

230 Port Credit 84.36 

231 The St. Clair 192.73 

232 King Cyrus 118.49 

233 Oakwood 99.25 

234 Halton 130.40 

235 Aurora 99.01 

236 Caledonia 82.06 

238 The St. Andrew 155.71 

239 Blenheim 95.08 

240 Smithville 45.18 

241 University 96.86 

242 St. Paul's 74.76 

243 McKay 78.83 

245 Preston 94^8 

246 Humber 180.26 

247 Nilestown 140.68 

248 Dochert 41.43 

249 Palestine 86.68 

250 Thomas Peters 219.98 

251 Kirkland 1315.01 

252 Hiawatha 140.04 

253 Regal 88.41 

254 Golden Star 192.96 

255 Tillsonburg 106.51 

257 Espanola 108.19 

258 Tyrian 35.58 

259 Ouetico 35.46 

260 Centennial 70.68 

261 Sequin 49.03 

262 King David 45.38 

263 The Scarborough 230.08 

Grand Chapter of Alberta 101.25 

Grand Chapter of British Columbia 250.00 

Grand Chapter of Manitoba 124.25" 



Balance 
Debit 



50.33 

5,58 

4.27 

.15 

59.15 
1.22 



52,70 
.85 

35.43 

.43 

1.28 

5.28 

.85 

7.23 

41.21 

17.13 

38.83 

105.83 

.86 

3.36 

51.85 

1.30 



7.42 
46.18 
10.46 
41.36 
21.85 

2.12 
74.91 

2.55 

1.28 
7.92 

7.39 



2.46 
12.33 

5.15 

24.40 

.85 



Balance 
Credit 
.69 



2.57 



6.29 
.85 



1.70 



12.59 



11.62 

.42 

3.90 

.50 



2.85 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1964 55 

Balance Balance 

No. Name of Chapter Amount Debit Credit 

Grand Chapter of New Brunswick 15.75 

Grand Chapter of Quebec 112,00 50.00 

Grand Chapter of Saskatchewan 150.00 lO'O.OO 

Rebate of Executive Committee expenses 107.0$ 

Sales to sundry individuals 6.05 

Grand Convocation receipts 1,777.50 

Travel rebate 

Sale of supplies 2,69 

Transfer from Life Membership Fund ... 2,212.85 



$24,501.59 $1,723.96 $318.08 



CASH RECEIPTS 

For the year ended February 29, 1964 

Receipts from Chapters $20,971.75 

Grand Convocation receipts 1,777.50 

Transfer from Life Membership Fund 2,212.85 

Transfer from Chapters' Life Membership Fund 17.75 

Interest on investments 2,787.50 

Sales to other Grand Chapters' 524.15 

Sale of History 232.00 

Sale of investments 5,438.96 



$33,962.46 



Examined and verified: 
(Signed) John D. Lewars, C.A. 



I herewith submit mv third Annual Report as Grand Scribe Ezra for 
the year ending December 31, 1963, for your approval. 

My thanks to the one hundred and twelve Scribe's E. who submitted 
their annual returns in accordance with the Constitution, thirty of which 
were received within the first two weeks of January. Forty-six Chapters 
were delinauent as of January 31 and my gratitude to the Grand Superin- 
tendents of the various Districts who most kindly assisted in their reduc- 
tion so that on February 29 the number of dilatory Chapters were re- 
duced to: 

King Solomon's No. 8, Toronto 

Keystone No. 35, Whitby 

Orient No. 79, Scarborough 

Golden No. 90, Kenora 

The St. Patrick No. 145, Thornhill 

Lucknow No. 147, Holyrood 

Mimico No. 215, Mimico 

Port Credit No. 230, Port Credit 

Blenheim No. 239, Blenheim 

Nilestown No. 247, London 



56 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

Of these the last annual returns were received on March 13, al- 
though the last list of officers for 1964 and of Past Principals was not 
received in Grand Chapter office until April 3, and only then after several 
follow-ups; the Scribe E. kits* were forwarded to them on December 2 
(the tardy Chapters of 1962 were forwarded registered mail this year). 
A number of delinquent returns were a result of new Scribes E. having 
taken over the position and were not aware of Grand Chapters require- 
ment — to these, and any others, Grand Chapter is most willing to assist 
them wherever possible in their respective duties. Scribes E., please note 
that the deadline for the filing of these reports is January 31 of each 
year. 

It would seem that tardy reports and of reporting is not new to this 
office, for thirty years ago the Grand Scribe E. reported: "There are a 
number of the Scribe E. who, although frequently reminded of their 
duties, forget to make prompt application for registration and certifi- 
cates of their exalted candidates. This is a constitutional requirement and 
the persistent neglect is a violation of law. The newly exalted candidate 
is entitled to his credentials, yet some Chapters'* Scribes E. hold back 
their report, sometimes for almost a year, and then only forwarding 
when compelled to with their annual returns." 

While the late annual returns and the tardy reporting of initiations 
and exaltations create a great delay in the preparation of all Grand 
Chapter reports, and especially those of the committees and of everyone 
who must quote statistics, I feel that some of the present Scribes E. do 
not fully understand the trouble they are causing until they are acquainted 
with the requirements. We have done all possible to rectify the difficul- 
ties. My thanks to the many Scribes who faithfully perform their duties 
to Grand Chapter office and for their having answered all correspondence 
promptly. 




During the past year Grand Chapter office record and accounting 
procedures have been reviewed and some work already started with a 
view of streamlining the work so that required data and information may 
be more readily available. History proves that no matter how good a 
system may be that it reaches and passes its primary use. Some of the 
ledgers presently in use go back to the 1800s and the membership card 
system approximately twenty years. While a revision of the work of the 
office will require considerable study and a great deal of extra work, it 
is hoped that these changes may be carried through. 

Respectfully submitted, 



Grand Scribe E. 



Moved by R. Ex. Comp. James E. Girven, seconded by R. Ex. Comp. 
R. J. Hamilton, and — 

Resolved — That the report of the Grand Scribe E. as amended be re- 
ceived and adopted. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1964 57 

AUDITOR'S FINANCIAL STATEMENT 

Most Excellent Companion Fraser Hay, Grand First Principal Grand 
Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the Province of Ontario. 

Most Excellent Sir: 

I have made my regular examination of the books of account and 
supporting records of the Grand Scribe E. and the Grand Treasurer of 
Grand Chapter of the Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the Province of 
Ontario for the fiscal year ended February 29, 1964. From this examina- 
tion I have prepared the statements listed below and I now present them 
together with my comments thereon : 

Exhibit "A"— Balance Sheet as at February 29, 1964. 

Exhibit "B" — Comparative Revenue and Expenditure Account for 
the year ended February 29, 1964. 

Schedule "1" — The Victory Thanksgiving Benevolent Fund as at 
February 29, 1964. 

Schedule "2"— The Life Membership Fund— Grand Chapter as at 
February 29, 1964. 

Schedule "3" — The Chapters' Life Membership Fund as at February 
29, 1964. 



COMMENTS 

The Petty Cash Fund was counted at the time of my examination 
and found to be in order. Vouchers were examined in support of all dis- 
bursements from this fund. The cash in transit was deposited in the bank 
subsequent to February 29, 1964. The several bank balances shown in 
Exhibit "A" and Schedule "1," "2?' and "3" were verified as at February 
19, 1964, and all the bank transactions in the several funds for the year 
then ended were examined. 

The Accounts' Receivable from the various Chapters were reviewed 
in detail and appear to be proper charges and collectible. 

The amount due from the Life Membership Fund of Grand Chapter 
of $1,011.63 represents the balance due on account of life membership 
dues for the past fiscal year. I recommend that $1,000 in Metro Toronto 
bonds be transferred from the Life Membership Fund to the General 
Fund to liquidate this account. 

The computation of the accrued interest in the several funds was 
checked and found to be in order. 

The investments of the several funds are set out in detail in Exhibit 
"A" and Schedules "1" and "2." These investments are held in a safe- 
deposit box in the City Hall branch of the Canadian Imperial Bank of 
Commerce in the joint custody of any two of the Grand Scribe E., the 
Grand Treasurer, the Grand First Principal and the President of the 
Executive Committee. As at the date of preparation of this report I have 



58 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

not been able to obtain access to this safe-deposit box in order to make a 
physical count of these securities. 

So far as I was able to ascertain, from due inquiry of the officials 
concerned and from the information presently available, all known liabili- 
ties of the various funds were taken up in the books of account as at 
February 29, 1964, and are reflected in the attached statements. 

Details of operations of the General Fund for the fiscal year ended 
February 29, 1964, as shown by the books of account of the Grand Scribe 
E. are set out in Exhibit "B" and compared with the budget for the fiscal 
year under review as approved by Grand Chapter. You will note that the 
year's operations resulted in a net expenditure of $1,882.26. In view of 
this situation I again recommend that Grand Chapter give consideration 
to increasing the existing revenues. 

I again recommend that the actuarial requirements of the Life Mem- 
bership Fund of Grand Chapter be recomputed and that a system be in- 
stituted whereby the acturial requirements of the fund can be checked 
from time to time with a minimum effort. 

I should again like to point out that the $10.00 fee that you are 
charging for life memberships cannot possibly produce the annual dues 
of $0.85 which you are presently drawing from the Life Membership 
Fund of Grand Chapter for each life member. I again recommend that 
the commutation fees for life members be increased to such a sum as will 
produce the current annual dues. 

As in preceding years, interim examinations were made of the books 
of account of the Grand Scribe E. and tentative interim reports were sub- 
mitted as of August 31, 1963, and November 30, 1963. I have obtained all 
the information and explanations which I have required. 

My examination included a general review of the accounting pro- 
cedures and such tests of the accounting records and other supporting 
evidence as I considered necessary under the circumstances. 

I recommend again that a review of the accounting and statistical 
records of Grand Chapter be undertaken for the purpose of streamlining 
and modernizing these records with a view to producing the information 
required more efficiently. 

In my opinion, subject to the qualifications contained in the fore- 
going comments, the attached Balance Sheet and related statements are 
properly drawn up so as to exhibit a true and correct view of the state of 
the financial affairs of the Grand Chapter of the Royal Arch Masons of 
Canada in the Province of Ontario as at February 29, 1964, and the re- 
sults of operations for the year then ended, according to the best of my 
information and the explanations afforded me and as shown by the books 
of the Grand Chapter. 



All of which is fraternally submitted. 

JOHN D. LEWARS, C.A. 






ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1964 59 

Exhibit "A" 
BALANCE SHEET AS AT FEBRUARY 29, 1964 

ASSETS 

Current Assets: 

Cash on hand $ 238.49 

Cash in transit 459.92 

Cash in bank 6,463.74 $7,162.15 



Accounts Receivable — Chapters $1,405.88 

Due from Life Membership Fund — Grand Chap- 
ter 1,011.63 

Accrued interest on investments ... 1,055.00 3,472.51 



Investments * 

Government of Canada, 4^%, 1983 $22,500.00 

Sterling Trust, 5^4%, 1966 2,000.00 

Province of Ontario, 3%, 1977 4,000.00 

H.E.P.C. of Ontario, SV 2 %, 1979 28,000,00 

H.E.P.C. of Ontario, 4%, 1974 6,000.00 

Toronto General Trust, 5V 2 %, 1965 1,-500.00 

Toronto General Trust, 5V 2 %, 1964 1,500.00 

Metropolitan Toronto, 3%%, 1975 3,000.00 



$68,500.00 
Less: Unamortized discount 112,20 68,387.80 



Furniture and fixtures (cost) 4,200.63 

Less: Allowance for depreciation 4,186.01 14.62 



Grand Chapter— Library 250.00 

Grand Chapter — Regalia 75.00 

Special Funds: 

The Victory Thanksgiving Benevolent Fund 

(Schedule "l 1 ") 68,532.04 

The Life Membership Fund (Schedule "2") 21,788.59 

The Chapters' Life Membership Fund (Schedule 

"3") 96.56 90,417.19 



$169,779.27 

LIABILITIES AND RESERVES 

Reserve for Special Funds $90,417.19 

General Reserve: 

Balance March 1, 1963 $81,244.34 

Less: Excess of Expenditure over Revenue 

(Exhibit "B") 1,882.26 79,362.08 

$169,779.27 



60 



GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 



COMPARATIVE REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE 

REVENUE 

Estimated 
Revenue 

Fees $2,500.00 

Dues 16,500.00 

Life Membership Dues 2,150.00 

Dispensations and Warrants* 175.00 

Sale of supplies 2,20Qi.OO 

Sales of History of Grand Chapter 100.00 

Interest on investments 2,800.00 

Total Revenue 26,425.00 

Total Expenditure 27,827.00 

Excess of Expenditure over Revenue 



Actual 

Revenue 

$2,344.00 

16,627.84 

2,136.90 

181.00 

2,167.35 

228.00' 

2,793.60 



Exhibit "B" 
ACCOUNT 

Balances 
Over* 

or Under 
$156.00 



*127.84 
13.10 
*6.00 
32.65 

*128.00 
6.40 



26,478.69 
2:8,360.95 



*53.69 
533.95 



1,402,00 1,882.26 



'480.26 



EXPENDITURE 
Estimated 
Grand Scribe E.: Expenditure 
Compensation $5,200.00 



Office assistants 

Rent 

Miscellaneous: telephone, 

postage, supplies .... 

Bank loan interest 

Foreign Correspondence — Re- 
viewer 

Audit fee 

Printing: 

Proceedings 

General 



3,200.00 
2,400.00 

1,100.00 



Actual Expenditure 
$5,199.98 

3,079.31 

2,416.00 



1,165.58 
57.20 



Balances 

Over* 

or Under 

$ .02 

120.69 

*16.00 

*65.58 
*57.20 



$11,900.00 



300.00 
500.00 

1,650.00 
500.00 



1,741.66 
370,54 



2,150.00 
Travelling: 

Grand Z 2,000.00 



General 



250.00 



2,000.00 
54.15 



Expenses: 

Convocation 

Executive Committee 



2,250.00 

3,750.00 
1,700.00 



$11,918.07 

300.00 
500.00 



2,112.20 



2^54.15 



*91.66 
129.46 



195.85 



3,953.26 
1,917.21 



5,450.00 
1,400.00 
125.00 



50.00 



2.00 



1,100.00 



500.00 



Jewels and engraving 

Grant to Masonic Library 

Grant Can. Mas. Res. Assoc. 
Chapters' Life Member. Fund 

Liability insurance 

Education _ 

Supplies for resale 1,200.00 

Grand Z.— regalia 350.00 

Testimonial— I.P.G.Z _ 350.00 

Archives Committee 200.00 

Purchase of office equipment 

Loss: disposal of investments 

Total Expenditure $27,827.00 





*203.26 




*217.21 


5,870.47 




1,120.14 


279.86 


125.00 




50.00 






2.00 


1,110.20 


*10.20 


141.68 


358.32 


1,382.51 


*182,51 


382,31 


*32.31 


350.00 






200.00 


571.25 


♦571.25 


372.97 


*372.97 



$28,360.95 *$533-.95 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1964 61 

Schedule "1" 

THE VICTORY THANKSGIVING BENEVOLENT FUND 
As at February 29, 1964 

Balances March 1, 1963: 

Capital $57,032.98 

Unexpended income 9,703.59 $66,736.57 

Add: 

Bank interest 82.09 

Bond interest 2,351.60 

Amortization of bond discount 338.80 

Donations 52.80 

$2,825.19 

Less — amortization of bond premiums 29.72 2,795.47 

$69,532.04 

Deduct — Benevolence 1,000.00 

Balances February 29, 1964: 

Capital $57,085.78 

Unexpended income 11,446.26 68,532.04 



ASSETS 

Cash in bank $1,081.10 

Undipped coupons 13.75 

Accrued interest on investments 897.79 $1,992.64 

Investments : 

Government of Canada, 4V 2 %, 1983 $16,700.00 

Government of Canada, 2%%, 1968 8,000.00 

Province of Ontario, 3%, 1965 9,000.00 

Province of Ontario, 3%, 1966 3,000.00 

Province of Ontario, 2%%, 1968 1,000.00 

Province of Ontario, 3%, 1969 9,000.00 

Province of Ontario, 3%, 1977 8,000.00 

H.E.P.C. of Ontario, 4V 2 %, 1967 6,500.00 

H.E.P.C. of Ontario, 3%%, 1979 2,000.00 

Chartered Trust Company, 5V 2 %, 1967 2,000.00 

Sterling Trusts Corp., 5%%, 1969 3,000.00 

$68,200.00 
Deduct — unamortized discount $1,730.30 

Less — unamortized premiums 69.70 1,660.60 66,539.40 

$68,532.04 



62 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

Schedule "2" 
LIFE MEMBERSHIP FUND 
As at February 29, 1964 

Balance March 1, 1963 $22,096.64 

Add: 

Interest on investments $770.00 

Amortization of bond discount 12.50 

Bank interest 16.35 

Life Membership and Honorary Memberships 

issued 1,030.00 1,828.85 

$23,925.49 
Deduct — Life Membership dues 2,136.90 

Balance February 29, 1964 $21,788.59 

ASSETS AND LIABILITIES 

Cash in bank $621.02 

Due from Chapters 31.28 

Accrued interest on investments 256.67 

Investments : 

Metro Toronto, 3V 2 %, 1975 $22,000.00 
Less: unamortized dis- 
count 18.75 21,981.25 $22,890.22 

Liabilities: 

Remittances from Chapters re Honorary or Life 
Memberships to be accepted when pro- 
visions of Constitution have been adhered 

to 90.00 

Due to General Fund 1,011.63 1,101.63 

$21,788.59 

Schedule "3" 
CHAPTERS' LIFE MEMBERSHIP FUND 
As at February 29, 1964 

Balance March 1, 1963 $110.85 

Add: bank interest 3.46 

$114.31 
Deduct — 1963 Chapter dues transferred to General Fund and 

credited to Chapters' accounts 17.75 

$96.56 
ASSETS 
Cash in bank ...... $96.56 

Moved bv R. Ex. Comp. James E. Girven, seconded by M. Ex. Comp. 
F. W. Dean, and— 

Resolved — That the Auditor's Report as amended be received and 
adopted. 

Addendum — Subsequent to the preparation of my audit report of the 
financial affairs of Grand Chapter of the Royal Arch Masons of Canada 
in the Province of Ontario for the fiscal year ended February 29, 1964, 
which was submitted to you under date of March 25, 1964, I have counted 
the Securities on April 8, 1964, of the various funds cf Grand Chapter 
and found them to be in order. They continue to be held in the place and 
custody authorized by the Grand Chapter. 

John D. Lewars, C.A. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1964 63 

REPORT OF THE PRINTING COMMITTEE 

To the Most Excellent Grand First Principal, Officers and Members of 
the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the Province 
of Ontario. 

Your Committee on Printing has received the expenditures for the 
year ending February 28, 1964, and submits the following analysis in 
support thereof: 

Printing Proceedings $1,741.66 

Printing, general 370.54 

$2,112.20 

It is respectfully requested that the following monies be placed at 
the disposal of the Printing Committee for the fiscal year of 1964-65: 

Printing Proceedings $1,500.00 

Printing, general 500.00 

Printing for resale 1,200.00 

$3,200.00 

Fraternally submitted, 

R. Ex. Comp. E. K. HOGABOOM, Chairman 
R. Ex. Comp. B. M. CONRON 
R. Ex. Comp. W. B. WALKER 
R. Ex. Comp. W. H. GUMMER 
R. Ex. Comp. C. H. SWATRIDGE 



Moved by R. Ex. Comp. James E. Girven, seconded by R. Ex. Comp 
E. K. Hogaboom, and — 

Resolved — That the report of the Printing Committee be received 
and adopted. 



64 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON INVESTMENTS 

To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers- and Members of the Grand 
Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the Province of Ontario. 
Your Committee on Investments reports the following: 

GENERAL ACCOUNT 

Toronto General Trusts Corp., 5V 2 %, Dec. 1, 1964, registered . $ 1,500.00 

Toronto General Trusts Corp., 5V 2 %, Jan. 27, 1965, registered . 1,500.00 

Province of Ontario, 3%, Oct. 15, 1977, registered 4,000.00 

Hydro Electric Power Com., 4%, July 15, 1974, registered 6,000.00 

Hydro Electric Power Co., 3V 2 %, Oct. 15, 1979, registered 28,000.00 

Dominion of Canada, 4V 2 %, Sept. 1, 1983, registered 22,500.00 

City of Metropolitan Toronto, 3V 2 %, May 2, 1975, registered .... 3,000.00 

Sterling Trust Corp., guaranteed trust certificate, &%%, 3 yrs. 2,000.00 

$68,500.00 
VICTORY THANKSGIVING BENEVOLENT FUND 

Province of Ontario, 3%, April 15, 1965, registered $ 9,000.00 

Province of Ontario, 3%, Nov. 1, 1966, registered 3,000.00 

Province of Ontario, 2%%, July 15, 1968, registered 1,000.00 

Province of Ontario, 3%, Nov. 1, 1969, registered 9,000.00 

Province of Ontario, 3%, Oct. 15, 1977, registered 8,000.00 

Hydro Electric Power Com., 4V 2 %, Nov. 1, 1967, registered 6,500,00 

Hydro Electric Power Com., 3V 2 %, Oct. 18, 1979, registered. 2,000.00 

Dominion of Canada, 2%%, June 15, 1968, registered 8,000.00 

Dominion of Canada, 4M>%, Sept. 1, 1983, registered 20O.00 

Dominion of Canada, 4V 2 %, Sept. 1, 1983, registered 16,500,00 

Chartered Trust Co., 5V 2 %, Nov. 26, 1967 2,000.00 

Sterling Trust Corp., guaranteed trust certificate, 5^4%, 1968 3,000.00 

$68,200.00 
LIFE MEMBERSHIP FUND 
City of Metropolitan Toronto, 3V 2 %, May 2, 1975, registered... 22,000.00 

$158,700.00 

During the year we sold our Province of Ontario 2%% debentures in 
the General Fund, and with the money received, a loan from the Canadian 
Imperial Bank of Commerce in the amount of $2,015.12 was discharged, 
$1,423.84 was deposited in the General Account and a new 5^4% Guar- 
anteed Trust Certificate, Oct. 1, 1966, was purchased for $2,000.00. 

It was also decided to invest $3,000.00 of the surplus money of the 
Victory Thanksgiving Benevolent Fund in a 5-year Guaranteed Trust 
Certificate, p%%, 1968, of the Sterling Trust Corporation. 

A meeting was arranged with R. D. Fullerton, assistant manager of 
the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, Bay and Richmond Streets, 
Toronto, Ont., to discuss our investments in general, and he was of the 
opinion that our money in all our accounts has been wisely and soundly 
invested in past years and that little improvement could be suggested. 

I am indebted to the Grand Council, the Grand Scribe E., Grand 
Treasurer, the Finance Committee and Rt. Ex. Comp. Stanley Portch for 
counsel and advice received. 

Fraternally submitted, 

FRED SCOTT, 

Chairman 

Moved by R. Ex. Comp James Girven, seconded by R. Ex. Comp. 
Fred Scott, and — 

Resolved — That the report of the Investment Committee be received. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1964 65 

REPORTS OF THE COMMITTEE ON WARRANTS AND 
DISPENSATIONS 

The Grand First Principal, Officers and Members of the Grand Chap- 
ter Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the Province of Ontario. 

That group of Companions so full of vigor, with long years of ex- 
perience, overflowing with enthusiasm and blessed with great acumen 
and general know-how, whom you, Most Excellent Sir, put together one 
year ago as the Committee of the Grand Body on Warrants and Dispensa- 
tions now submit a perfect report. 

We have heard nothing, we have seen nothing. 

We have said nothing and we have done nothing. We have made 
friends good or bad. 

In short there have, during the year, been no warrants and for dis- 
pensations requiring our services. 

All of which is respectfully submitted. 

E. C. WOOD 
J. 0. SUNDIN 
WILLIAM H. REED 
JOHN N. EDWARDS 
P. YARDLEY 

C. H. SHANNON, Chairman 
Moved by R. Ex. Comp. James E. Girven, seconded by R. Ex. Comp. 
C. H. Shannon, and — 

Resolved — That the report on Warrants and Dispensations be re- 
ceived. 

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON GRIEVANCES AND APPEALS 

To the Most Excellent Grand First Principal, Officers and Companioins of 

Grand Chapter. 
Most Excellent Sir and Companions: 

It is a distinct pleasure again to have the privilege of reporting that 
your Committee on Grievances and Appeals has had no cases of such 
brought to our attention, so it is considered that peace, harmony and 
happiness prevail throughout our Grand Jurisdiction. 

J. L. HOUSE 
JOHN M. BURDEN 
A. G. N. BRADSHAW, Chairman 
Moved by R. Ex. Comp. J. E. Girven, seconded by M. Ex. Comp. 
John L. House, and — 

Resolved — That the report of the Committee on Grievances and Ap- 
peals be recieved. 

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE OF THE GRAND Z'S ADDRESS 

To the Most Excellent the Grand First Principal, Officers and Com- 
panions of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the 
Province of Ontario. 
Most Excellent Sir and Companions: 

Your committee has reviewed the address of our Grand First Prin- 
cipal, Most Excellent Companion Dr. Fraser Hav, and joins' with him in 
his welcome to our distinguished guests, particularly to our Grand Mas- 
ter, Most Worshipful Brother and Companion John A. Irvine, and the 
Grand Secretary, Most Worshipful Brother and Companion Ewart G. 



66 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

Dixon, M.C., Q.C. Moreover, we share his gratitude that harmony and 
understanding exist in all our relationships and that we are bound to- 
gether with common ties and endeavors in a practical effort, in all av- 
enues, to ensure the practice of the tenets and precepts which have ever 
been the foundations of our great Masonic institutions. 

Our Grand First Principal has paid fitting tribute to those dedicated 
and loyal Companions who gave so much to Royal Arch Masonry and 
who have, since our last Grand Convocation, passed to the Grand Chapter 
above and we, likewise, deplore the loss of so many distinguished Com- 
panions of our Grand Chapter. 

We share with him his opinion that visitations throughout our Grand 
Jurisdiction and elsewhere are time demanding but must be accepted as 
one of the great responsibilities of the Grand First Principal, moreover, 
commend him for his full appreciation of the purpose of such visitations, 
to give helpful instruction and inspiration in all areas of a permanent 
nature. However, we are disturbed to observe that he reports a lack of 
enthusiasm generally throughout the jurisdiction. We tender him our 
commendation for his anticipated determination, during the forthcoming 
year, to devote more time and effort in the hope that he may rekindle the 
dedication and devotion displayed by our forefathers who gave us a proud 
heritage which, by our individual efforts, should be given in an improved 
state to those who follow. 

We joint with him in his enthusiasm and encouragement to observe 
that Royal Arch Masonry is attracting more younger men, but that heed 
must be given to his warning that these Companions must be given every 
opportunity to become actively engaged in the work of their respective 
Chapters and encouraged to accept responsibilities commensurate with 
their individual abilities. 

However, we must express concern with his reference to the thought 
that in some Chapters could it be that older and experienced Masons are 
dominating rather than directing, reluctant to encourage young men, 
fearing loss of personal prestige; moreover, that on his visitations he has 
felt that all gold braid must get down to the level of the ordinary Mason. 
Your committee, in its long experience, is constrained to say that it has 
found that Grand Chapter officers are usually the pillars of strength in 
all Constituent Chapters, but, obviously, our Grand First Principal has 
become concerned because of an opinion gained by reason of his visita- 
tions and, consequently, we would urge and, indeed, lend our strength to 
any program he may bring into effect so that, as he suggests, all work 
together and further contribute to the building of our great destiny. 

We share with the Grand First Principal his commendation to the 
Grand Chapter Instruction Committee, under the chairmanship of Right 
Excellent Companion A. F. Tannahill, and the splendid contribution it has 
made in stimulating an educational program which is bringing forth 
uniformity and clarification to our ritualistic work, and the educational 
papers which are submitted for use at every level. We likewise believe, 
with him, that the continued effectiveness of this Committee depends in 
no small measure upon devoted and active chairmen and committee mem- 
bers at District level. 

We note with pleasure his observations regarding Grand Chapter 
investments and the Grand Chapter Thanksgiving Benevolent Fund, and 
that if the interest from the latter is not needed for Grand Chapter 
benevolence, then consideration should be given for its usefulness in some 
other worthy benevolent field. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1964 67 

Your committee is most happy to observe that, in accordance with 
the provisions of Section 88a of Grand Chapter Constitution, our Grand 
First Principal has conferred the rank of Past Zerubbabel on our Grand 
Master, Most Worshipful Brother and Companion J. A. Irving. 

We have carefully considered the recommendation of our Grand 
First Principal that past rank be conferred upon some First Principals 
who, because of unusual circumstances and no fault of theirs, were pre- 
vented from serving the full time of twelve months. We concur in his 
recommendation and present the same to Grand Chapter for approval. 

Your committee also approves our Grand Z's recommendation that 
Right Excellent Companion Harold Shannon of Kitchener Chapter be 
elected to honorary membership on our Grand Executive and recommends 
that Grand Chapter approve. 

We also approve our Grand Z's appointments of Grand Representa- 
tives and congratulate him on his selection. 

We have observed our Grand Z's recommendation, after required 
complete investigation, that approval be given to the request of the 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Finland for fraternal recogni- 
tion, and we submit it to Grand Chapter for its approval. 

We have also studied carefully the two rulings given by the Grand 
First Principal and believe them to be constitutionally proper, therefore 
recommend approval of this to Grand Chapter. 

The dispensations granted by the Grand Z. have been carefully re- 
viewed and found to come within his authority and are therefore approved. 
We likewise note the number of new Chapter bylaws and amendments 
approved by the Grand Z. and this is an indication that Chapters are 
alert to the necessity of changes when circumstances so arise. 

We join with our Grand Z. in congratulations to those who have 
received a 50-year Royal Arch jewel, and particularly tender congratula- 
tions to Companion George H. Scott of Oxford Chapter No. 18 and Very 
Excellent Companion George Garnet Elliott of Shekinah Chapter No. 138 
upon receiving the 60-year Royal Arch Masons' bar. 

We commend our Grand Z. for his interest and congratulations ex- 
tended to the Royal Arch Welfare Committee of Toronto Fnstrict 8 and 
8A, and to Mount Sinai Chapter for its continued great efforts for the 
welfare of retarded children in the metropolitan area of Toronto and con- 
cur in his opinion that such a field of endeavor does made a worthy con- 
tribution in all spheres of service in this community. 

We join with the Grand First Principal in his expression of gratitude 
to all Roval Arch Masons, particularly Right Excellent Companion James 
Girven, Grand H., Right Excellent Companion Reginald J. Lewis, Grand 
J., Right Excellent Companion R. J. Hamilton. Grand Scribe E., and the 
Grand Superintendents of the respective Districts for the cooperation and 
efficiency they have shown during the past year. 

Your committee appreciates that the Grand First Principal, in his 
closing paragraphs of his address, has thrown a challenge to all Royal 
Arch Masons within our jurisdiction, which, as he says, must be accepted 
as a personal responsibility. Surely there was never a greater need for 
individual emphasis as Freemasons, realizing, as he states., that if this 
great nation of Canada is to endure and continue to occupy the rightful 
place and prestige it has gained for itself among other nations of the" 
world, then Freemasons must stand squarely, without deviation or 



68 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

modification for the great principles which have ever been the founda- 
tion of our Masonic structure. 

Fraternally submitted, 

J. M. BURDEN 

F. W. DEAN 

C. M. PITTS 

J. L. HOUSE 

M. S. GOODERHAM 

BRUCE H. SMITH 

C. W. EMMETT 

M. A. SEARLE, Chairman 

Moved by M, Ex. Comp. M. A. Searle, seconded by M. Ex. Comp. 
James E. Girven, and — 

Resolved — That the report of the Committee on the Grand Z's Ad- 
dress be received and adopted. 



REPORT OF ARCHIVES COMMITTEE 

To the M. Ex. the Grand Principal, Officers and Companions of the 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the Province of 
Ontario. 

Most Excellent Sir and Companions: 

The report of the Archives Committee for the year 1963-64 is not 
lengthy. In April, 1963, the Grand Chapter was pleased to budget the sum 
of two hundred dollars to be used in restoring certain record books to 
usuable condition and in making repairs to other records that would pro- 
long their period of usefulness. 

In consideration of the proposed modernization of the Head Office of 
the Grand Chapter and the replacement of many office procedures in the 
recording of information vital to Capitular Masonry in the Grand Chap- 
ter of Canada in the Province of Ontario, a detailed account of which has 
been already presented to you, it was thought advisable by your Archives 
Committee to spend only that portion of the money budgeted (or al- 
lotted) to them in the repairs most urgently required. 

There are in the possession of Grand Chapter several large, bulky 
volumes of incalculable value from the historical standpoint. A few of 
these will require special treatment in the near future. These books and 
records will be dealt with out of the money voted by the Grand Executive 
as the Committee on Archives deems essential. 

There is one matter which your Archives Committee wishes to bring 
to the attention of the officers and Companions of this Grand Chapter. 
In the cas2 of the death of Companions, particularly of those of many 
years standing, the relatives of the departed Companions are frequently 
at a loss as to what to do with regalia, jewels and printed materials 
(manuscripts and books of constitution). If there is no son, brother or 
nephew in the family who is a Mason it might be wise to have a Com- 
panion, in due time, visit the family and give judicious advice as to the 
disposition of such Masonic materials. If matter relative to the early 
history of the local Chapter is found it should be taken care of by the 
local Chapter or, if it is of wide general interest, it should be submitted 
to the Archives of Grand Chapter for disposition. Eventually there will be 
storage space available in Grand Chapter Head Office. At present do not 
flood Head Office with such material without due consideration as to the 
work of its preservation. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1964 69 

The committee regrets the loss of a valued member of the Archives 
Committee in the person of the late R. Ex. Comp. Fred Shytte. 
This report is respectfully and fraternally submitted by 

FRED JOHNSON 
BEN SCOTT, Chairman 
Moved by R. Ex. Comp. James E. Girven, seconded by R. Ex. Comp. 
B. S. Scott, and — 

Resolved — That the report of the Archives Committee be received and 
adopted. 

ARCHIVE COMMITTEE ELECTED 

Moved by R. Ex. Comp. James E. Girven, seconded by M. Ex. Comp. 
Charles W. Emmett, and — 

Resolved— That R. Ex. Comp. B. S. Scott be Grand Archivist, R. Ex. 
Comp. F. J. Johnson, member. 

REPORT OF THE MASONIC INSTRUCTION COMMITTEE 

To the Most Excellent the Grand First Principal, Officers and Members 
of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the 
Province of Ontario. 

In the year just past further progress has been made by the Masonic 
Instruction Committee, and it is most gratifying to report that the Chap- 
ters and the Companions of the jurisdiction are more aware of the objec- 
tives and activities of the Committee, and are taking more advantage of 
the services which can be rendered by the District Committees. 

During the year your Committee, with the approval of the Education 
Committee, prepared and distributed a series of twelve short educational 
talks on subjects of interest to Royal Arch Masons, and these have been 
well received by the Companions, and your Committee has received many 
requests for more material of the same type. One district reports that 
these papers have stimulated such interest that several of the Chapter 
Education Committees have begun to prepare similar material of their 
own. This is a development hoped for by your Committee, and it would 
certainly appreciate receiving copies of such original material so that 
it could be more widely distributed. 

One of the most important projects advocated by your Committee is 
the setting up of active committees by the Chapters to assist in promot- 
ing many of the Chapter activities. All reports received indicate that 
much progress is being made in this respect, and the interest of the Com- 
panions and the well-being of the Chapters thereby being greatly stimu- 
lated. It is strongly urged that every Chapter in the jurisdiction take 
action to appoint such working committees and see that they are active 
in the discharge of their duties. 

Reports from District Committees advise that they are being called 
on more frequently to assist Chapters, to help at chapters and lodges of 
instruction, and are being invited to give educational talks on many 
occasions. They feel that they are getting closer to the Chapters and 
are being given the opportunity to make a real contribution to Royal 
Arch Masonry. 

On one or two occasions, members of District Committees have been 
invited to adjacent districts as speakers or instructors, and have found 
that their reception and the attention given them has been greater be- 
cause they are visitors. It is therefore suggested and recommended that 



70 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

such interchange between districts be encouraged as being more stimu- 
lating to the work of Masonic Instruction. 

Most of the District Committees are quite active and are perform- 
ing well the duties incumbent on them. Unfortunately, however, one or 
two of the districts are not making progress and a change in the person- 
nel of the committees in those areas should be considered. 

However, your Committee reports that definite progress is being 
made and that the work is being well accepted and starting to bear fruit. 
This is in a great measure due to the efforts and dedication of the mem- 
bers of the District Committees. To them we wish to express our thanks 
for their interest and co-operation in a very worth-while endeavour. 
Respectfully and fraternally submitted, 
BRUCE H. SMITH 
W. E. GARDNER 
P. J. JOHNSON 
R. J. LEWIS, Vice-Chairman. 
A. F. TANNAHILL, Chairman. 
Moved by M. Ex. Comp. Bruce Smith, seconded by R. Ex. Comp. 
James E. Girven, and — 

Resolved — That the Report of the Masonic Instruction Committee be 
received. 

GRAND HISTORIAN ELECTED 

Moved by R. Ex. Comp. James E. Girven, seconded by M. Ex. Comp. 
Charles W. Emmett, and — 

Resolved — That M. Ex. Comp. M. A. Searle be elected Grand 
Historian. 

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON BENEVOLENCE 

To the Most Excellent Grand "Z", Officers and Members of the Grand 
Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the Province of Ontario. 

Most Excellent Grand "Z" and Companion: 

Your Committee on Benevolence has considered the Applications for 
Relief submitted by the various Chapters and we recommend that Grants 
be authorized to the following, from the Victory Thanksgiving Benevo- 
lent Fund, for the coming Grand Chapter year: 

Chapter Grant in favor of Amount 

18 Companion Edward Sidney Coppins $200.00 

53 Daughter of John Sinclair 200.00 

145 Daughter of James Curry 200.00 

246 Companion Blake Fullerton 200.00 

Special Widow of M. Ex. Comp. Edwin Smith 200.00 



$1000.00 
We further recommend that an amount of $600.00 be provided for 
Interim Relief, if it be needed before the next Annual Convocation of 
Grand Chapter. 

Fraternally submitted, 

Committee on Benevolence: 

J. M. BURDEN, P.G.Z. 

F. W. DEAN, P.G.Z. 

A. JARVIS, P.G.S., Chairman 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1964 71 

Moved by R. Ex. Comp. James E. Girven, seconded by M. Ex. Comp. 
F. W. Dean, and — 

Resolved — That the report of the Committee on Benevolence be re- 
ceived and adopted. 

COMMITTEE OF BENEVOLENCE 

Moved by R. Ex. Comp. James E. Girven, seconded by M. Ex. Comp. 
Charles W. Emmett, and — 

Resolved — That the following Companions comprise the Committee 
om Benevolence and are members of the Executive Committee of Grand 
Chapter for the respective years: 

M. Ex. Comp. F. W. Dean— retires 1965. 

M. Ex. Comp. J. M. Burden— retires 1966. 

R. Ex. Comp. A. Jarvis — retires 1967. 

VICTORY THANKSGIVING BENEVOLENT FUND 

To The Most Excellent The Grand First Principal, Officers and Members 

of The Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons in the Province of 

Ontario. 
Most Excellent Sir and Companion: 

At the last Convocation of this Grand Chapter the following; resolu- 
tion was passed: 

"RESOLVED that the Rules and Regulations respecting Benevolence 
be reviewed and that the Grand Z. appoint a Committee who would 
report to the next Grand Chapter Convocation." 

The Grand First Principal was pleased to appoint the following 
Members of this Committee 

Most Excellent Companion J. L. House — Chairman. 

Members — Most Excellent Companion F. W. Dean, Most Excellent 
Companion M. A. Searle, Most Excellent Companion C. W. Emmett, Most 
Excellent Companion J. M. Burden. 

Your Committee submits the following report: 

From our records it would appear that this Fund was approved in 
1945 with the suggestion that an amount of $50,000.00 be secured by 
voluntary contributions from the Companions of this Grand Jurisdiction. 
The interest from this Fund to be used for Benevolence, and if not suf- 
ficient the balance required to be taken from the General Account of 
Grand Chapter. It was submitted that the Capital Account of this 
Account could not be expended but the income of this Fund could be used 
on the recommendation of the Committee on Benevolence, and if the 
income was not sufficient the balance required should be taken from the 
General Account of Grand Chapter. 

From the Financial Statement of Grand Chapter ending February 
29th, 1964, the Capital is shown as $57,085.78, with an unexpended in- 
come of $11,466.26, making a total in the Fund of $68,532.04. There was 
no direction that the income should be treated as Capital, and this un- 
expended income should be available for benevolent purposes. 

Your Committee held three meetings during the past year in an 
attempt to review the Rules respecting grants for Benevolence. 

Your Committee is of the opinion that the Rules respecting grants 
for Benevolence were too stringent and should be enlarged. For example, 
a grant could not be made without an application from a Chapter, and 
the Chapter was expected to make a grant before Grand Chapter would 
approve. 



72 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

Following the Rules of Grand Lodge, a clause has been added where- 
by the Committee on Benevolence can make a grant in case of necessity 
even where the former Rules would prevent such action. 

Another example would be where the financial condition of the 
Chapter is to be considered if the Chapter did not make a grant. 

It is evident that the income from this Fund will not be required 
to meet applications received by the Committee on Benevolence and other 
benevolent grants should be considered. 

Your Committee has therefore revised the Rules which are practi- 
cally identical with those of Grand Lodge. 

Recommendations as to further methods to be adopted require study 
and consideration before conclusions can be reached. We recommend 
that the present Committee be re-appointed to consider further and re- 
port its findings at the next Annual Convocation of Grand Chapter. 

Respectfully and fraternally submitted. 

Moved by R. Ex. Comp. James E. Girven, seconded by M. Ex. Comp. 
J. L. House, and — 

Resolved — That the report of the Committee on Victory Thanks- 
giving Benevolent Fund be received. 

COMMITTEE ON AWARDS FOR DISTINGUISHED SERVICE 

MEDAL 

To the Most Excellent the Grand Zerubbabel, Officers and Members of 
the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the Province 
of Ontario. 

Most Excellent Sir and Companions: 

Your Committee can now report on the two applications for the 
Distinguished Service Award which were pending at the last Annual 
Convocation. We regret that the first of these did not warrant the con- 
feral of the Award, while the second on behalf of Companion Murray 
Levinter of Mount Sinai Chapter No. 212 of Toronto was approved and 
in due course the Certificate and Medal was presented. 

Since the Annual Convocation your Committee has received two 
additional applications, with the necessary questionnaires fully completed, 
and have been pleased to recommend the Awards to Companion Robert 
W. Tait, Mimico Chapter No. 215, Mimico, Ontario, and Companion Harry 
Young, Bonnechere Chapter No. 114, Renfrew. 

Your Committee still feels that there exists a general lack of in- 
formation with regard to the regulations and requirements governing 
these Distinguished Service Awards and the procedures to be followed 
in the submission of applications. Through our oversight in printing the 
report of the Committee in last year's report, the revised regulations 
and procedures were omitted as an appendix to the report. We again 
recommend that these be included in the Annual Proceedings following 
this year's report. 

Respectfully and fraternally submitted, 

A. G. N. BRADSHAW, P.G.Z. 
JOHN L. HOUSE, P.G.Z. 
C. M. PITTS, P.G.Z. (Chairman) 
Moved by R. Ex. Comp. J. E. Girven, seconded bv M. Ex. Comp. 
C. M. Pitts, and— 

Resolved — That the report of the Committee on Awards for Dis- 
tinguished Service Medal be received and adopted. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1964 73 

Moved by R. Ex. Comp. J. E. Girven, seconded by M. Ex. Comp. 
C. W. Emmett, and — 

Resolved — That the following" Companions comprise the Committee 
on Awards for Distinguished Service Medal for their respective terms: 

M. Ex. Comp. A. G. N. Bradshaw — retires in 1965. 
M. Ex. Comp. C. M. Pitts— retires in 1966. 
M. Ex. Comp. J. L. House — retires in 1967. 

RULES RESPECTING THE DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD 

A questionnaire available on request to Grand Chapter office and 
duly completed must accompany a preliminary request for this award. 
The questionnaire shall be signed by the First Principal and Scribe E. 
of the Chapter. The Grand Scribe E. on receipt thereof will immediately 
forward it and any other relevant information to the Awards Committee. 

On receipt of a notice from the Awards Committee that the qualifi- 
cations enumerated in the questionnaire and other relevant information 
meet the requirement standards for this Medal, a formal nomination for 
the Award must be submitted through the Grand Scribe E., in writing, 
giving the complete data as contained in the preliminary request and 
such additional information as may be pertinent together with evidence 
that due Notice of Motion has been given all Companions of the Chapter 
and that a vote on the resolution shall have been passed by an open 
majority vote of the Chapter. 

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON THE CONDITION OF 
CAPITULAR MASONRY 

To the Most Excellent the Grand First Principal, Officers and Members 
of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the 
Province of Ontario. 

Most Excellent Sir and Companions: 

After reviewing the reports of the Grand Superintendents and con- 
sidering information received from other Grand Chapter sources your 
Committee beg leave to submit the following report. 

From every hand come words of appreciation for the leadership which 
we enjoy in this Grand Jurisdiction. The Grand First Principal, in his 
attendance at many District and Chapter functions has instilled enthu- 
siasm for our fraternity in all who have been privileged to be in his 
presence. In his addresses on these occasions the companions have re- 
ceived a glimpse of his high purpose, of his devotion to our fraternity 
and of his great love for his fellow man. He has been assisted on many 
occasions by the Grand H., the Grand J., and other Present and Past 
Grand Chapter Officers. 

Your Committee join with all our Companions in expressing our 
regret in the illness of our Grand J., R. Ex. Comp. R. J. Lewis. He has 
given so freely of his time and talents on behalf of our fraternity that it 
is indeed strange to find him absent at this Convocation. We earnestly 
pray that he may soon be restored to health and be able, once again, to 
take up the work he loves so much in the vineyard of Masonry. 

It is evident from a study of the Grand Superintendents' reports 
that they have endeavoured to be worthy representatives of the Grand 
Z. in their respective Districts. District Meetings were held; at which 
time instructions received by the Grand Superintendent at Grand Chap- 
ter, were communicated to the companions of the Constituent Chapters. 



74 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

Lodges and Chapters of Instruction have been held in an endeavour to 
provide uniformity and improvement in the Ritual Work. 

It is however, with a great deal of regret that we take note of a 
continuing loss in membership. Companions, this is an area in which 
instant and direct action must be taken. Admissions, joinings and 
restorations continue to decline while withdrawals and deaths are increas- 
ed over last year. Only in suspensions has an improvement been noted, 
however the loss in this category is the third highest in recent years and 
a loss which we can ill afford. The reports indicate total additions of 
823 composed of 743 admissions, 59 joinings, 18 restorations, and 3 ad- 
justments. The reports also show, however, 1,131 losses made up of 290 
withdrawals, 231 suspensions ( 552 deaths and 58 net adjustments. As 
a result of the above we have experienced a net loss of 308 bringing our 
membership down to 21,948. Of our total of 158 Chapters, 44 report 
increases, 99 show losses and 15 indicate no change. 

The grievous loss by death is one over which we have no control. ^ We 
can but give thanks to the Great Jehovah for having had the privilege 
of being Sojourners with these Companions in Masonry and endeavour 
to carry on as they would have us do. If, indeed, we are to be the 
worthy stewards of Capitular Masonry, then we must, at every oppor- 
tunity, acquaint our Craft members with the benefits to be derived from 
completing their Master Mason's Degree. Your Committee therefore, 
recommends that every Chapter endeavour to establish close relation- 
ships with Craft Lodges. Experience has shown that those Chapters 
which have established such relationships have reaped the benefits of 
increased membership. By such means and the employment of active 
Membership Committees we will be able to reverse the trend in reduced 
admissions and offset the losses due to death. 

The loss of 521 through withdrawals and suspensions is an indication 
that we have failed in our attempts to communicate the great lessons 
and truths of the Holy Royal Arch to many of our Companions. Your 
Committee would once again suggest that all requests for demits and 
members due for suspension be investigated by a Membership Com- 
mittee. Your Committee believes that by such investigations the losses 
through demits and suspensions will be reduced, and further, that we 
may discover in what manner we may have failed these Companions 
and by correcting our faults, offset future losses. 

The problem of attendance has occupied a prominent place in many 
of the Superintendents' reports. A study of the Statistical Tables indi- 
cates that our Constituent Chapters had the following average attendance, 
11 Chapters less than 10%, 41 Chapters 10-15%, 49 Chapters 15-20%, 
31 Chapters 20-25% and 26 Chapters more than 25%. The average 
attendance for all Chapters has dropped from that of last year to 16.5% 
to 16.2%. While this may appear to be a slight drop it is nevertheless 
of great concern as it is a continuance of a trend that has been ex- 
perienced for several years. This Committee must once more draw to 
the attention of all Companions the seriousness of this problem. It is 
only through regular attendance that our Companions are able to ap- 
preciate the lessons of our gentle philosophy. By their absence these 
Companions also deprive the Officers of their support and encourage- 
ment and thereby contribute, in many cases, to careless and improper 
ritual work. Your committee, therefore, strongly recommends that 
every Chapter take cognizance of this situation and conduct open discus- 
sions wherein the problem may be thoroughly studied and action taken 
to restore these members to active participation in our ceremonies. 

The subject of dues, in all its aspects, is of vital concern to your 
Committee. The amount of outstanding dues is in excess of $36,000.00 
and the number of our members in arrears is over 1,600; this in spite of 



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the fact that the dues of 30% of our Chapters are $5.00 or less. While it 
is impossible to put a monetary value on membership in our Fraternity, it 
would appear that many of our Chapters are indicating a low value of 
this membership by the amount of their annual dues. The members in 
arrears, are in turn showing their lack of concern and many may end up 
by taking their demit or being suspended. It is also extremely difficult 
to understand how Chapters can successfully operate with annual dues 
as low as $3.00. Your Committee therefore, strongly recommends that 
the incoming Grand Superintendents, the First Principals and Scribes E. 
of the Constituent Chapters be apprised of this situation and encouraged 
to make every effort to remedy this condition. 

It is indeed most gratifying to note that 37 of our Chapters have 
provided financial assistance to Companions in addition to the grants 
made by Grand Chapter. While this is an indication that Masonic 
Charity and Brotherly Love flourish in our jurisdiction it is by no means 
a complete report, for many are the unheralded acts of kindness and 
assistance made by our Chapters and individual Companions. 

A special word of appreciation is extended to the Welfare Committee 
of the two Toronto Districts for their untiring efforts in the service 
rendered to the sick, the aged, the underprivileged and the retarded 
children. Theirs is not a service restricted to the Toronto area alone, 
for through their visits to the out-of-town Companions who are hospi- 
talized in Toronto, the effect of their fine service is felt in all areas of 
the province. 

Once again most Districts report that District Divine Services have 
been held and that these services have been well attended. In addition 
to the District Services an increasing number of Chapters are attending 
combined services of worship. This is a practice that your Committee 
most earnestly endorses. We would therefore commend these services 
to our Companions. We would, however, point out the need for careful 
planning in order that the numbers in attendance may reflect favourably 
on our Fraternity. Such services offer the Companions an opportunity 
to give public expression to their belief in the Fatherhood of God and the 
Brotherhood of man. 

Your Committee is pleased to make special mention of the presenta- 
tion, in the past year, of the following jewels and awards: Fifty Years 
Installed First Principal, 4; Twenty-five Years Installed First Principal, 
38; Sixty Years a Royal Arch Mason, 2; Fifty Years a Royal Arch 
Mason, 60; Distinguished Service Awards, 3. We are indeed indebted to 
these Companions for their long and faithful service. It is readily ap- 
parent, from their many years in the Royal Craft, that they have dis- 
covered something in Royal Arch Masonry which, although they may 
experience difficulty in defining, we pray that they may find the means 
of communicating to their younger Companions. 

Inter-Chapter visitations have always been recognized as a method 
of promoting and maintaining the interest of the Companions. Many 
Districts report an increase in such visitations. On several occasions the 
visiting Chapter's Officers have conferred the degree on the host Chap- 
ter's Candidates. This practice has not only added interest to the visit, 
thereby increasing the attendance, but has also tended to encourage the 
officers to a greater proficiency in their work. Several Grand Superin- 
tendents report that they have arranged inter-chapter visitations on a 
district basis with all Chapters participating. This is a practice that 
deserves commendation and encouragement. Just as man cannot live 
unto himself alone, neither can our Chapters keep unto themselves and 
prosper. Those Chapters which conduct visits with their sister Chapters 



76 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

are active Chapters in which the Companions invariably have a greater 
understanding cf the true meaning and purpose of Royal Arch Masonry. 

The work of the District Masonic Instruction Committee is reported 
favourably on by many of the Grand Superintendents. It would appear 
that these committees are taking every opportunity to faithfully per- 
form their services to the Districts. District meetings have been con- 
ducted, assistance has been provided at Schools of Instruction and in 
many cases visits have been made to individual Chapters. Districts re- 
porting on the activity of these committees have praised them highly 
and many have expressed the opinion that these committees are filling a 
long felt need. Indeed several reports ascribe an increase in attendance 
to the work of these committees. In the light of the immediate favour- 
able results that have been derived through this programme, your Com- 
mittee envisages that these District Masonic Instruction Committees 
will continue in the future to give a great impetus to the cause of the 
Royal Craft. 

This Committee would express appreciation to the Scribes E. of the 
Constituent Chapters who through their devotion and zeal in the dis- 
charge of their duties contribute greatly to the good of our Fraternity. 
We feel however that we must again express our concern in the con- 
tinuing high rate of turnover of Companions serving in this most im- 
portant office. The duties of the Scribe E. are varied and complex and 
a considerable length of time is required for one to become proficient in 
them. Chapters contemplating making a change in this office should 
first seriously consider what is involved before taking any action. In 
this regard your Committee regrets to advise, that three Chapters neg- 
lected to forward their Summary of Information Reports to their respec- 
tive Grand Superintendents. Those Grand Superintendents therefore, 
were forced to submit incomplete Statistical Tables to Grand Chapter. 
Another Grand Superintendent reported that he experienced great dif- 
ficulty in obtaining the Summary of Information from two of the 
Chapters in his District. In view of the above and the fact that many 
reports when submitted, are incomplete, it would appear that this is a 
field in which the District Masonic Instruction Committees might be of 
great service. Any instruction and assistance that these committees 
might provide to Scribes E., either by way of group or individual instruc- 
tion would, no doubt, result in more accurate and prompt reports being 
received. We would however recommend that the incoming Grand 
Superintendents of the Districts in question, be informed of those Chap- 
ters which failed to provide Summaries of Information and that these 
Grand Superintendents be instructed, immediately on returning to* their 
Districts, to take the necessary steps to correct this situation. 

This is an era of demolition and construction. In every city and town 
throughout our province old structures are being torn down and new 
buildings are being erected in their place. This also applies to our 
Masonic Temples. The Companions in the City of London after ex- 
periencing a period of dislocation are now established in their new 
Temple and. we wish for them many years of successful labour in their 
new surroundings. In the City of Toronto the College Street and the 
York Temples have been sold and construction is now underway on the 
new Thorncliffe Temple. This Committee has been informed that the 
Chapters who were tenants of the former temples have either made 
arrangements to move to the new Temple when it is completed, or have 
found suitable accommodation in other Temples in the Metropolitan 
Area. It is always difficult to tear up one's roots and move to a new 
location. We trust however that in their move to new surroundings, 
the Chapters involved will find new enthusiasm that will not only support 



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them in this difficult transitional period, but will also continue and 
stimulate their future growth and improvement. 

In conclusion, your Committee wishes to state, that while there are 
many areas in which we have indicated the need for improvement, there 
are also many areas in which we may take quiet satisfaction. Grand 
Superintendents have reported on the proficiency, enthusiasm and dedica- 
tion of the officers throughout their Districts. Many have been their 
comments on the spirit of companionship that pervades our Chapter 
meetings. Chapters which have laboured faithfully through the dark- 
ness are emerging into a new dawn, a new day that brings with it the 
promise of a brighter and more prosperous future. So may it be 
throughout all our jurisdiction. The problems that confront us are not 
insurmountable. We have the example of those who laboured here before 
to insuire us, the love of our Companions to support us and the knowl- 
edge that the Great Jehovah will ever guide and direct us. Therefore 
Companions may we all, here and now, rededicate ourselves to the great 
fundamental principles of Royal Arch Masonry and step towards the 
future with confidence and determination to take our part in the tasks 
that lie before us. If you will accept this challenge Companions then: 
"Go, work with utmost skill and loving care 
The Temple needs thy work, do all you can 
Use mallet, chisel, level, plumb and square, 
And shape earth's dust to Heaven's eternal plans." 

Respectfully and fraternally submitted, 
E. W. BATH 
H. W. CLARK 
A. F. NISBET, Chairman. 
Moved by R. Ex. Comp. A. F. Nisbet, seconded by M. Ex. Comp. 
M. A. Searle, and — 

Resolved — That the report of the Special Committee on Conditions 
of Capitular Masonry be received and adopted. 

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE 

To the Most Excellent Grand First Principal, Officers and Members of 
the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada, in the Province 
of Ontario. 

The Committee on Finance submits the following report for the 
year ending February 29th, 1964. 

The reports of the Grand Treasurer, the Auditor and Grand Scribe 
E. for the year ending February 29th, 1964, have been received by the 
members of this committee and these reports are now being submitted 
to this Grand Body for consideration. 

We find these reports fully and accurately set out details and trans- 
actions of the financial position of this Grand Chapter for the fiscal 
year. All items of receipts and disbursements in respect to the General 
Fund, the Victory Thanksgiving Benevolent Fund, the Life Membership 
Fund and Chapters' Life Membership Fund are properly detailed and 
these reports contain complete schedules of the securities in which these 
funds are now invested. 

Exhibit A is a balance sheet showing all the assets and liabilities of 
Grand Chapter. It includes the funds which are entrusted to and over 
which Grand Chapter has control. 

The. amount owing from the constituent Chapters is again much too 
high, in the amount of $1,405.88, though down from last year by $90.37, 
but not nearly enough. Surely the constituent Chapters realize that these 



78 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

amounts are due and payable with their annual returns to Grand Chap- 
ter. We must therefore bring this matter to their attention and request 
that their payments are made at the proper time. 

The Comparative Revenue and Expenditure Account marked Exhibit 
B indicates that our Expenditures exceeded Revenue by an amount of 
$1,882.26, which is excess the amount budgeted for by $480.26. During 
the year it was necessary to purchase office equipment for $577.25, which 
had not been provided for in the budget. The balance of our deficit is 
covered by general operating expenses, which were not covered by our 
income. 

Our securities have been examined by the auditor. They are held in 
a place and custody authorized by Grand Chapter and the present par 
value of all securities is $158,700.00. During the year $6,000.00, 2%% 
Province of Ontario 1968 Bonds of the General Fund were sold, the pro- 
ceeds being used as follows: $2,000.00 to retire balance of our bank loan, 
$2,000 to purchase 5^% Sterling Trust Co. certificate, due 1966 and the 
balance of $1,423.84 credited to the General Fund for operating purposes. 
Total amount of bonds in the General Fund are now $68,500.00. During 
the year there was purchased from funds on hand in the Victory Bene- 
volent Fund $3,000.00, 5%% Sterling Trust Co. certificate due 1968, 
bringing the total of the bonds in that account to $68,200.00. 

There is an amount of $1,011.63 due from the Life Membership Fund 
to the General Fund, we recommend that as soon as funds are available 
in the Life Membership Fund that this amount be transferred to the 
General Fund. 

Your auditor recommends that the actuarial requirements of the 
Life Membership Fund be recomputed and further that the $10.00 fee 
for life membership be increased by an amount sufficient to produce the 
annual dues required, we concur in his recommendations. 

Your Committee wishes to commend the Grand Scribe E. for the 
efficient manner in which the duties of his office are carried out and 
recommend that his salary be increased from $5,200 to $5,500 per annum. 
We further recommend that steps be taken to set up an annuity for the 
Grand Scribe E. 

We wish to present our estimate of Revenue and Expenditures for 
the year ending February 28th, 1965. In doing so we are again budget- 
ing for a loss due to the fact that we are living in an age of ever in- 
creasing costs, we do hope, however, to be able to live within our budget. 
The years 1961, 1962, 1963 and 1964 all resulted in an operating loss 
due to the fact that we have been constantly faced with increasing costs. 
While our income has remained constant. This year notice of motion 
to increase our per capita tax from 85 cents to $1 per annum is being pre- 
sented, even in view of this proposed increase per capita tax we are still 
budgeting for a loss position. 
PROPOSED ESTIMATE OF REVENUE AND EXPENDITURES FOR 

FISCAL YEAR ENDING FEBRUARY 28th, 1965 
Revenue 

Registration Fees • $ 2,200.00 

Dues per Capita 19,000.00 

Life Membership Dues 2,150.00 

Dispensations and Warrants 175.00 

Sale of Supplies 2,200.00 

Interest on Investments 2,600.00 

Total Income $28,325.00 

Lo-ss for Period 1,250.00 

$29,575.00 



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Expenditures 

Grand Chapter Office: 

Grand Scribe E. Compensation $5,500.00 

Grand Scribe E. Proposed Annuity 500.00 

Office Assistance 4,000.00 

Rent 2,500.00 

Miscellaneous, Telephone, Postage, 

Supplies 1,500.00 

$14,000.00 

Printing: 

Proceedings $1,500.00 

General 500.00 

2,000.00 

Foreign Correspondence — Reviewer 300.00 

Audit Fee 500.00 

Expenses: 

Convocation $4,000.00 

Executive Committee 2,000.00 

6,000.00 

Travelling: 

Grand Z $2,000.00 

General 250.00 

2,250.00 

Jewels and Engraving 1,400.00 

Grand Masonic Library 125.00 

Grant to Can. Masonic Research Assn. 50.00 

Liability Insurance 1,110.00 

Education and Instruction 500.00 

Supplies for Resale 1,200.00 

Archives Committee 100.00 

Regalia 40.00 

Total Expenditures $29,575.00 

Your Finance Committee wishes to express to the Grand Z. their 
appreciation for his guidance and direction during the year. 

All of which is fraternally and respectfully submitted, on behalf of 
the Committee. 

F. C. ACKERT, Chairman. 

Moved by R. Ex. Comp. F. C. Ackert, seconded by R. Ex. Comp. J. E. 
Girven, and — 

Resolved — That the report of the Committee on Finance be received 
and adopted. 

SPECIAL REPORT ON OFFICE EQUIPMENT 

GRAND SCRIBE E. OFFICE 

To the Most Excellent Grand First Principle, Officers and Companions 
of Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the Province of Ontario. 

Together with the Grand Scribe E. and myself a review of accounting 
and equipment in use for many years in the Grand Scribe E. office has 
been completed. 

As a means of simplifying the records we have a number of recom- 
mendations to make. 

At the present time there are ten large books, plus master record, 



80 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

plus a small steel file, and plus a card system. The books are of such a 
nature, size, and weight that they are impractical now for every day use. 

We recommend that a one page binder be developed. As a master 
record we would require ten such binders. 

We would require 25 thousand master index cards 5x3 with two metal 
cabinets to contain them. 

Total Cost of 10 binders $375.00 

25 M Cards 192.50 

2 Steel Cabinet @ $148.00 each 296.00 

$863.50 
Plus sales tax 11% and 3% 

We further recommend the purchase of Kardex files (used) visual 
type, the file we have in mind is 16 drawer type holding 1,000 cards size 
8x5. We have located a possible source of supply of used equipment, and 
they were available when this report was written. 

The cost of these filed are $89.00 each. New ones are $275.00. We 
would require: 

30 Kardex files @ $89.00 each $2,670.00 

30 M Cards 8x5 1,100.00 

$3,770.00 
Plus sales tax 11% and 3% 

In installing these systems additional labor will be involved, we 
estimate it will take three months to complete the change over at a cost 
of about $800.00. 

If approved in its entirety the total cost would be $4,633.50 for 
system plus sales tax and $800.00 for labor or close figure of $6,000.00. 

There is also a recommended need for an addressograph machine at 
a cost of $180 (a reconditioned one), complete with plates. 

Also due to limitations of staff numbers a copying machine is 
urgently needed, such as a Racan, Zerox, or Kodak at about $300.00. 

Our present system has been in use for many years and is out- 
dated. It am sure that these additions would be a welcome change. 
Fraternally submitted, 

JOSEPH A. HEARN, Chairman. 

Moved by M. Ex. Comp. C. W. Emmett, seconded by R. Ex. Comp. 
J. A. Hearn, and — 

Resolved — That the report of the Special Committee on Office Equip- 
ment, as a capital expenditure, be received and adopted. Carried. 

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON FRATERNAL DEAD 1963-1964 

To the Most Excellent Grand First Principal, Officers and Members of 
the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the Province 
of Ontario. 

Most Excellent Sir and Companions: 

Your Executive Committee through the Committee on Fraternal 
Dead beg to submit the following report: 

On behalf of myself, Rt. Ex. Comp. Rev. S. E. Stevenson, Vice- 
Chairman, and the three other members of our Committee, we would 
like to thank all the Grand Superintendents and the Scribe E. of each 



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Chapter for their co-operation in reporting to the Grand Scribe E. full 
information on the passing of each Companion to the Grand Chapter 
above. 

Companions, the solemn notes that betoken the dissolution of this 
earthly tabernacle, alarmed our outer doors in the now closed years 
1963-1964 this One Hundred and Sixth year of our Grand Chapter, 552 
times, and on each occasion reminding us of "the uncertainty of human 
life, and the immutable certainty of Death." 

How often have our departed brethren heard these words, how often 
have they stood with us, contemplating the mystery of human life, its 
dependence on God, our Creator and Heavenly Father, recalling with 
tender memories the earthly careers of ones who had professed the same 
faith, and taken the same solemn vows at the Altar of Masonry. 

Shakespeare made Mark Antony to say, "the evil that men do lives 
after them, the good is oft interred with their bones." Let it be not so 
with our Companions, every life expresses both bad and good. Let us 
so cherish the memory of our departed that the bad may be "interred 
with their bones" the good to live on to bless both us and those who 
follow after us. 

In any organization of men there is room at the summit for but a 
few. Some must command, some must needs obey. Among those who 
left us in the year just closed, were, Companions who served Royal Arch 
Masonry with great distinction, others who served long and well without 
formal recognition of their devotion and faith in their fellow men, to 
each I offer these words: 

Take your faith and hold it high above you, 
Take your tears and wash away your cares, 
Keep your courage ever close beside you, 
And for a lamp to guide you, take your Prayers. 

How brief is a space of time, we pause for a moment to remember, 
yes we have Faith in the Resurrection after death, but have we so squared 
our lives and actions day by day that we can look forward with eager- 
ness to meeting again with our Companions in the pure light of His 
Presence. 

"TODAY WE HAVE" 

Yesterday is dead, it has served its purpose and has passed into 
history. The life we lived yesterday affects our today, but today's life 
should be bigger and broader than yesterday's. Phillips Brooks once 
said, the only service that the past can render a man is to enable him 
to get a future out of it. Yesterday has its place in our lives, but we 
should not live in yesterday's. If we do, the world will be going on and 
forgetting us. As yesterday was a preparation for today, so today is 
for tomorrow, and we should make the most of it. Yesterday we had. 
Tomorrow we may have. But today we do have, so let us use it well. God 
has so ordained our time, and we are given freedom to spend it as we 
choose, with the understanding that we shall give an accounting to Him. 

In reverent tribute to our Companions who have fought the good 
fight and have finished their course, we would remember the following. 

All of which is respectfully submitted. 
RT. EX. COMP. W. C. CARSON 
RT. EX. COMP. C. G. LEWINGTON 
RT. EX. COMP. KENNETH GRIFFIN 

RT. EX. COMP. REV. S. E. STEVENSON, Vice-Chairman. 
RT. EX. COMP. WELLINGTON SMITH, Chairman. 



82 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

Moved by R. Ex. Comp. J. E. Girven, seconded by R. Ex. Comp. 
Wellington Smith, and — 

Resolved — That the Report of the Committee on Fraternal Dead be 
resolved. 

Of the 552 of our Companions who answered the call to Higher 
Service the following 36 held Grand Chapter rank: 

Chapter 

1 V. Ex. Comp. Conrad Brunke 

4 V. Ex. Comp. William W. Ash 

16 V. Ex. Comp. Thomas C. Miller 

34 V. Ex. Comp. Andrew G. Bowie 

55 Rt. Ex. Comp. Jacob B. Hostetter 

62 Rt. Ex. Comp. H. B. Sydney Tonkin, V. Ex. Comp. Albert W. Sandoz 

64 V. Ex. Comp. R. Lewis Brennan 

65 Rt. Ex. Comp. Charles Parker 
67 V. Ex. Comp. H. Floyd Wismer 

84 Rt. Ex. Comp. Alex Richard Coutts 

94 V. Ex. Comp. Aubrey R. Warner 

95 Rt. Ex. Comp. Frederick Colloton, V. Ex. Comp. Wm. Howard Bain 

102 Rt. Ex. Comp. George Staples Cowie, Rt. Ex. Comp. Frederick Wil- 

liam Colloton 

103 V. Ex. Comp. John Holmes Stevenson 
116 Rt. Ex. Comp. Morton W. Rogers 
138 Rt. Ex. Comp. Ernest W. Pearson 
145 Rt. Ex. Comp. Robert N. McElhinney 
150 Norman Bohannan 

169 Rt. Ex. Comp. Hayden S. Rood 

175 R. Ex. Comp. William Field 

212 V. Ex. Comp. Mark L. Levy 

213 Rt. Ex. Comp. Austin Francis McDowell 

217 Rt. Ex. Comp. H. A. Fred Schytte, Rt. Ex. Comp. Robert Mc- 
Elhinney 

220 V. Ex. Comp. Samuel Patterson 

224 V. Ex. Comp. George Thomas Lambert 

226 Rt. Ex. Comp. Fred Carl Avery 

233 V. Ex. Comp. Alexander McDonald Hannah 

238 V. Ex. Comp. Christopher B. Morton 

239 V. Ex. Comp. John Gilchrist 

240 V. Ex. Comp. Clarence Merritt 
246 V. Ex. Comp. Robert Somerville 
251 Rt. Ex. Comp. Hayden Rood 

253 V. Ex. Comp. Leo Willard Challand 

To our Sister Jurisdictions in the Dominion of Canada, the British 
Commonwealth of Nations and the United States of America, we extend 
sincere sympathy for the loss of their distinguished Companions: 

GRAND CHAPTER, ROYAL ARCH MASONS OF ALABAMA 
M. Ex. Comp. Earl Brayton Holmes, G.H.P. 1958-59 
Comp. Frank Albert Gillette, Grand Treasurer, 1946-63 

GRAND CHAPTER ROYAL ARCH MASONS OF ALBERTA 
M. Ex. Comp. Lloyd Bertram McComb, Grand Z, 1961-62 

GRAND ROYAL ARCH CHAPTER OF ARKANSAS 

M. Ex. Comp. Oscar E. Williams, G.H.P. 1931 
GRAND CHAPTER ROYAL ARCH MASONS OF BRITISH COLUMBIA 

M. Ex. Comp. Andrew Davidson, Grand Z, 1935 
GRAND CHAPTER, ROYAL ARCH MASONS OF THE DISTRICT OF 
COLUMBIA 

Comp. Raymond Nelson Babcok, Grand Secretary, 1962-63 



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GENERAL GRAND CHAPTER OF ROYAL ARCH MASONS 
M. Ex. Comp. Earl Elliot Dusenbery, General G.H.P. 1948-51 

GRAND ROYAL ARCH CHAPTER OF NEW HAMPSHIRE 
Ex. Comp. Henry C. Moreau, Grand Steward, 1962 
M. Ex. Comp. Elmer Daniel Goodwin, G.H.P. 1913 
M. Ex. Comp. Harold Sinclair Foster, G.H.P. 1958 

GRAND CHAPTER OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK ROYAL ARCH 
MASONS 

M. Ex. Comp. Henry Calder Thorne, G.H.P. 1954 

GRAND CHAPTER OF MAINE ROYAL ARCH MASONS 
Rt. Ex. Comp. James Abernethy, Grand King, 1923 

GRAND CHAPTER ROYAL ARCH MASONS OF MANITOBA 
M. Ex. Comp. Stanley Dobson Cruden, Grand Z, 1938 

GRAND CHAPTER ROYAL ARCH MASONS OF THE STATE OF 
MONTANA 

M. Ex. Comp. Edwin Fredlund, G.H.P. 1937-38 
M. Ex. Comp. Thomas E. Smalley, G.H.P. 1955-56 

GRAND CHAPTER OF ROYAL ARCH MASONS OF OKLAHOMA 
M. Ex. Comp. James W. Greathouse, G.H.P. 1952-53 
M. Ex. Comp. John W. Rachley, G.H.P. 1930-31 

THE GRAND CHAPTER OF ROYAL ARCH MASONS OF OREGON 
M. Ex. Comp. Arthur Ray Kellogg, G.H.P. 1953-54 

GRAND CHAPTER ROYAL ARCH MASONS OF SASKATCHEWAN 
M. Ex. Comp. Richmond Mayson, Grand Z, 1954 

GRAND CHAPTER ROYAL ARCH MASONS OF SOUTH DAKOTA 
M. Ex. Comp. Elvin F. Strain, G.H.P. 1938-39 

GRAND CHAPTER ROYAL ARCH MASONS OF VIRGINIA 
M. Ex. Comp. Alonzo Waskey Obenshain, G.H.P. 1928 
M. Ex. Comp. Charles Vernon Eddy, G.H.P. 1941 

GRAND CHAPTER ROYAL ARCH MASONS OF WEST VIRGINIA 
Rt. Ex. Comp. Paul E. Joarhim, Grand King, 1963 
M. Ex. Comp. Leonard 0. Dotson, G.H.P. 1938-39 

GRAND CHAPTER ROYAL ARCH MASONS OF WISCONSIN 
M. Ex. Comp. Elmer D. Widmer, G.H.P. 1936 

DEATHS 
Chapter 

1 Maxwell Lewis Campbell Orr, James H. Gillon, J. Kinnear Reid, 
Gordon Sharpe Cliff, William J. Hyssop, Conrad J. Brunke. 

2 Charles Alexander Snively, Edward Burton Davis, Wallace Brazier, 
Harold Hubert Durham Walker, James W. Jarvie, William H. Baker, 
Hezekiah Neal. 

3 Frederick Charles Parsons, Thomas Bolton, Wallace Beverly Scott, 
Robert Sydney Pryce Jones, Raymond McCullough Woollatt, James 
Mcllvenna. 

4 William Whitehead Ash, Walter Alexander Rice, John Henry Thir- 
beck, Robert N. McElhinney, William Henry Wright. 

5 John Wesley Richardson, William C. Hawkins, William Bryson, 
Austin Davis Hodgins, George Fraser, Thomas H. Turtan, William 
Kershaw Parkinson, John Leslie Burgess, Oswald W. T. Fuller, Jack 
R. Williams, Alfred Folmer. 

6 Eveleigh Jordan, Adam H. Smith, Charles H. Richardson. 



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7 Henry Willis Ackerman, John F. Anderson, Benjamin Charles Buntin, 
John William Calcutt, William James Cooke, Frederick Craft, John 
Crump, Frederick Gariepy, Wilbert Arnden Gill, Robert S. Graham, 
Bruce Loucks, Richard Fhilbin, Victor Harold Graves. 

8 George Morris McDonald, Fred Farmer, John Marshall Lyon, Wil- 
liam Henry Heaton, Thomas Butler Crabtree, James Keiller, Donald 
Summerville. 

15 Lloyd W. Hedges 

16 Thomas Caldwell Miller, James M. Siegiue, Adolphe H. Thorburn, 
Thomas Wilson, Robert McElroy, George H. Clark, Leonard Wood. 

18 Donald John McLeod, Earl Jacob Harrington, Percy Lile Canfield, 
Arson Bruce Arn, Charles Henry Lampman, Robert William Cook- 
man, Thompson Laidler. 

19 Fred Bentham, Harry G. Francis, John Howard Munroe, Joseph 
Butler, Karl Edward Alexander. 

20 James Herbert Dredge, William Wylie, Henry Parkhouse Richards, 
William R. Fonger, Evan Mansell Cross, John Lewis. 

22 James Schlichler. 

23 Martin Smith, John Loder Hyde, Clarence Wilburn Kramer, Arthur 
J. Peachy. G. A. Lee. 

24 Andrew T. Parker, Daniel Mack Korby, William Thomas McAllister, 
John Thomas Masters, Alfred William Burnham, Chas. Augustus 
Shaw, Robert Edward Mallion, William Henry Mallion, James Deins- 
more Hesson, James S. Barr. 

26 John Cole, Allan Walker Rush. 

27 Norman J. Knuff, Ralph Erskine Robertson, Joseph C. Hamilton, 
Joseph Russell Hood, Morris Robinson, Frederick Dey. 

28 Eslie Russell Birchard, Richard Jackson Brown, Howard B. James, 
Alexander Martin, Edgar Bisch, Hamilton Edgar Bradley, Elmer 
Shaw, Waldgrave Fursey Tane. 

29 Allan Wallace Dickson. 

30 Ernest Theodore Pfrimmer, Melville Sturdy, Frances E. Coleman. 
32 Robert Clark, David K. Bartleman, James Cluney, William Arthur 

Paxton, Gordon Carl Main, William Howard Shaw, George G. Leth- 
bridge, Thomas Forrester, Jack Edwin Goatlex. 

34 Clarence Jackson, Jeff Webb, Andrew Glendower Bowie, Clifford W. 
Carley, Walter Roy Johnston, Grover C. Kashne, John Catlin. 

35 William James Jordon Sawdon, Phillip Ivor Lawrence, Robert W. 
Goose. 

36 Franklin Hall, John F. Allen, G. K. Rackman, Walter Herbert 
Wheeler, John Benjamin Dossett, Joseph Malcolm McCulloch, Wil- 
liam Stuart James, George Brisco, Bruce Charles Wesley. 

37 H. Reid Morton, Samuel Bennett. 

40 George Husson, Kenneth McCall, William T. Richardson, Philip L. 
Bennett, William George Moore, William Boutilier. 

41 Henry Hayes, Ernest Albert Wilson, Alfred Ryerson Dickout. 

44 Stefan Greciaou, Charles Augustus Walters. 

45 Betram George Kernaghan. 

47 Thomas E. Cottier, William E. Bye, Emery Hord, Alex Gibb. 

48 E. J. Wood. 

53 Amosa Gage Landon. 

54 Robert Henry Jones, Charles Jenkins Papham, Albert Edward Ecrl 
Hastings, Frederick Mears, Richard Rolling, Gerald Drynan, Samuel 
Grantham, Hubert Peter Imeson, William Victor McNeal. 

55 Jacob Blyth Hostetter. 

56 Wilfred M. Davidson, Joseph R. McLaughlan, Wilbur B. Philips, 
John Robertson Kay, Henry George Meade, David A. Christie. 



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57 Charles W. Fares, Howard Carlyle McKie. 

59 Walter C. Singleton, Donald Elwood Lewis, Hugh C. Etter, Joseph 
Edwards. 

61 Everett F. Lee. 

62 Sydney H. B. Tonkin, James Gordon Huckle, Albert W. Sandoz, 
Arthur Herbert Norton, Robert C. Ferguson. 

63 Charles Truman Morrow. 

64 Harold E. Stark, John Goodwin, Robert Logan Hamilton, Frederick 
Merner, Richard S. Stevens, George Pettit, Claude K. Dennis, Louis 
Robert Brennan. 

65 Ezra Bernard Neeb, Harry Haworth Holland, Herbert A. Bruce, 
Clarence Carroll Kilner, Charles Bermisher Parker, Ernest George 
Petullo Secorg, Keith Aldo Meheam, A. K. MacLean. 

66 Wilson Charles Oke, John Hotham, Harry Charters. 

67 George Walkey, Wesley Walter, W. Floyd Wismer. 

68 Walter Alberry, Thomas Albert King. 

69 Herbert Neil, Robert Owen Smith, James H. Wells, Thomas A. Flett. 

71 William Ernest Ayrest. 

72 Walter Warren. 

73 William Watson, Walter Leatherdale, Duncan R. McDiarmind. 

75 Clarence Reid Turner, William Andrew Frazer. 

76 Frank Eugene Cooper, Charles Henry Shcppard. 

77 Stanley Whale, William Walter Tuxford, Richard Phillip Otterweii, 
Jacob Monster, Duncan Cowan. 

79 Albert Edward Trimble. 

80 George Winfred Hillman, Russell James Jones, David B. Mitchell, 
Leonard J. Henry, Louis R. English, Peter T. Amlin, David Barnett, 
John Duncan, John H. Macket, Stanley Wallace, John C. Gall. 

81 Charles Passmore Horton, Herbert Ezekiel Freeman, Ernest Samuel 
Livermore, Walter Edward Pope, Hardy Clair Pressy. 

82 Robert Scott Misner, Charles Mellor, Hugh Dalzell, John Hendry, 
Lawrence Herbert Bucknell, James Mottshaw, Fred James K. Benner. 

84 Alex Coutts. 

90 Edward Fender, William Joseph Parfitt, John Palmer Skene, Douglas 
Earle Willis, Cyrus Leslie Galloway. 

91 Charles Lionel Stephenson, Donald Roy Williamson, Arthur Victor 
Marsh, James McKendrick Gordon, James Tait, William A. Patterson, 

Robert Somerville. 

94 William Reliance Allely, Sydney Francis Chamberlain., Harry Sin- 
clair Johnston, Aubrey R. Warner, Cecil H. Pardy. 

95 William John Killins, William Howard Bain, George William Purves, 
James Robert McGinn, George Wilkinson Young, Stewart Davidson, 
Norman Frank Bull, Thomas Lloyd Watson Armstrong, Robert T. 
Moray, Frederick William Colloton. 

102 Isiah Fleming, Joseph William Hobbs, Alexander Murphv, William 
Henry Lougheed, Charles Edward Gooderham, William Vivian Hall, 
John Beals, John James Carrick, Fred W. Colloton, George Staples 
Cowie. 

103 George William Deig-an, Gordon Samuel Ralph Robinson, John 
Holmes Stevenson, William Gordon Cornish. 

104 Thomas Sr. Bullock, John Duncan, Eveleigh Dwight Jordan. 
110 Clayton Ewart Meikeljohn. 

112 John Frederick Myers. 

US' George Percy Gosling, David Michael Crites, Everett Theodore 

Robertson. 
114 William Frederick Nicholls. 



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115 Howard Frosch, James C. McCombs, Arthur Siegden. 

116 Murton W. Rogers, James Robert Moore, Alexander McAllister, Roy 
Wallace Bates', William Howard Bain, Arthur Stewart, Douglas 
William Cross, Lloyd Alfred Jones, William Crawford, John Morphy. 

117 Gordon J. Steiss, Frederick A. Lewis. 

129 George Clifford Plummer, Arthur G. Ditchfield, A. Gordon Mc- 
Dougall. 

131 J. Frederick Davis, Frederick L. Driffill. 

132 Roy Elwood Lewis. 

133 Harmon N. Stonzel, William McNamee Veale, John Franklin Lee, 
Alfred W. Rummery, William J. McSpadden, Wallace McCouan, 
Harry Edward VanMeer, Edward C. Dowdell, Roy E. Devlin. 

134 Edward E. Long, George Harold Brabazon, Chester Galgleish. 

135 J. A. H. Irving, Norman Wagg, Ross J. Hood. 

138 Sydney Richard Mallett, Ernest W. Pearson, Claude Robert Kay- 
smith, John Edward Fitzsimmons, Robert Kerr, Frederick Daniel 
Travis, Joseph Grinnell, Donald 0. Kincade. 

140 Edward Charles Coslett, Frederick Babe, William Walter Fuller, 
Alger Grimes, James Grosart, John Thomas Hollinshead, Roy 
Douglas Ogden, Morris H. Badger. 

143 George Herbert McDougall. 

145 John Stephen Glover, Arthur Edward Furniss, Edward Harrison 
Pratt, Robert Nicholas McElhinney, Andrew H. Staneland, Ralph 
Wilson Addy, Emmerson R. B. Williamson, Percy Bell, William 
Frederick Moran, Charles C. Box, John Patrick McNamara, Arthur 
Percival Bowen, Robert Henry Brittain, Robert Mitchell, John H. 
Eastwood. 

146 Hugh Hamilton, R. G. Lye. 

148 John A. McGillivray. 

149 William Mclnnis, Arthur Day Carson. 

150 Frank Edwin Harley, Percy Thomas Allen, Edgar Chamberlain, Jack 
W. Ringsdrof, Abraham Bernard Siskind, Arthur Bowling, John E. 
Johnson, Phillip Kostis, William Lappage, William John Snow, James 
Walter Streeter, Leon Eric Yeomans, Norman Bohannan. 

151 Lawrence Stewart Jones. 

152 George Archibald Stethem, James Melvin Newman, Arthur James 
Mathier, John Miller, Herman Holbeck, Gilbert Francis Gillon, Wil- 
liam Allen Smith. 

153 Albert Frederick Tesoriere. 
161 Daniel Goodwin, Ezra Smith. 

163 Frederick William Galster, Harry Stuart, Grant Albert Stevenson. 

164 George Huffman. 

167 William Frederick Beck, George Edward Wright, Cecil Willington 
Weegar, Arthur A. Hallett. 

168 Joe H. McArthur, Thomas J. Craighead, George Hamilton Couch, 
George H. Hall. 

169 S. Blaine Moore, William H. Durrett, Hazden S. Rood, John M. 
Shouldice. 

175 William Field, Norman Stanley Harris, Edgar William White, Garnet 

Kyle Williams. 
198 W. 0. Fudhope, Otto L. Christman, George E. Overa, Albert Frederick 

Bastedo, Reginald Kenneth Burnet. 
205 John Stanley Barker, Harold William Scardfield. 
210 John Robert Eadie. 

212 Joseph Carp, Maurice L. Levy, Joseph Steinberg, William Tishler. 

213 Austin Francis McDowell, Hector E. Montgomery. 



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214 Charles W. Myers. 

215 John Eliel Cool. 

217 Frederick H. A. Schytte, Willard G. Cabic, Robert N. McElhinney, 
William Hutchinson, Frank Speak. 

218 Samuel Patterson, Oscar Barber. 

220 Samuel J. Smith, Joseph Frank Molloy, James Hamilton, James F. 
Patton. 

221 Alfred J. Fielus. 

222 Herbert Robert Booth, William Charles McDonald, Charles Cecil J. 
Fox, Leonard Wood, Harry Beeson Hill, Michael Ayoub, Thomas 
Samways, Randolph Harwin. 

223 George Budgeman, Paul Edward Doal. 

224 Robert Fillotson, Reginal Wallace Hill, Snowdon M. Ducin, Irving 
Alexander Neilson, Grover Clifton Elder, George Thomas Lambert, 
William Charles Boutilier. 

225 Briton Maxwell Coombe. 

226 John F. Molyneaue, William H. Oakes, Albert George Stanton, Fred 
Carl Avery, W. A. French. 

227 Henry Willis Ackerman, James Dingwall Bankier, Frederick Croft. 
Bryson Donnan, William R. McCreary, Jack Williams. 

230 Robson Hogg, Gordon Arthur Harris. 

231 William Dawson, Donald K. Fletcher, William James Warne, Orvilie 
McMicking, Charles Moore Carrie. 

232 John Norman Dyson, Walter George Fraser, Arthur V. Marsh, 
Thomas Henry Whitfred Stanyon, John G. Holmes. 

233 Alexander McDonald Hannah, Alfred G. Ackland, George Sydney 
Avent, Joseph A. Fleming. 

234 Walter Lawson, Alexander Kean, Leonard Marchment. 

235 Frank Ernest Hope, John Stuart. 

236 Andrew Lang. 

238 Ashton R. Douglas, David Shepherd, Christoper B. Morton. 

239 George Sydney Brumley, John Gilchrist, Ernie Warwick. 

240 Clarence Merritt. 

241 Richard Howard Pomeroy. 

242 Crawford E. MacAuley. 

243 William M. Clark. 

245 Percy Atkinson, Albert Edward Smith. 

246 David Smith, Percy Parker, Robert Somerville, Samuel Alexander, 
Frederick Grimsby. 

248 Melvin Henry Meoneghy, Earl C. Drysdale. 

249 P. E. Greenfield. 

250 William G. Forsyth, Alvin Collard, William Williamson, Stanley F. 
Wallace, Harold Tilson, Clarence E. Saunders, G. W. Hillman. 

251 L. A. Lillico, Richard Frank Clemens, Louis J. Irvine, Haden Rood, 
Emanuel Rowe, Robert Ralburn Mallard, William George Moore. 

252 Frank Bateman Freele, Robert Henry Atkins. 

253 James Willard Challand, Lachlan Thomas Reid. 

254 George Erwin McFadden, Ben Clifford Billingham. 

255 Gordon Warren. 

257 George Young. 

258 Kenneth N. Wagg. 

261 John Scobie Dick. 

262 Nelson Albert Bullock. 



88 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

GRAND CHAPTER "CALLED OFF" 

Grand Chapter was "Called off" at 4.30 o'clock p.m. to permit the 
delegates to select their Grand Superintendents and elect the officers of 
Grand Chapter for the ensuing year and the next place of meeting. 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22, 1964 

Grand Chapter was "Called on" at 9.30 o'clock a.m. 

ELECTION REPORT 

At the One Hundred and Sixth Annual Convocation of the Grand 
Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the Province of Ontario held 
in the Royal York Hotel, City of Toronto, Ontario, on April 21 and 22, 
1964, the following officers and committees were elected and appointed. 

V. Ex. Comp. E. Jenkins, chairman, and Ex. Comp. George W. Elms, 
vice-chairman, presented the results of the election as follows: 

M. Ex. Comp. Fraser Hay. Grand Z. 

165 Victoria Ave. N., Listowel, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. James E. Girven Grand H. I Grand 

581 Weller St., Peterborough, Ont. f Council 

M. Ex. Comp. Reginald J. Lewis Grand J. 

421 St. Clarens Ave., Toronto 4, Ont. 

GRAND CHAPTER OFFICERS, 1964 
R. Ex. Comp. Rev. Clifford Manning, B.D. Grand Chaplain 

Southampton, Ont. 
M. Ex. Comp. Fred W. Dean Grand Treasurer 

244 Holton Ave. S., Hamilton, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Robert John Hamilton Grand Scribe E. 

514 Temple Bldg., 62 Richmond St. W., Toronto 1, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. W. H. Cheetham Grand Scribe N. 

374 Morse St., Port Arthur, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. George Smith Grand Principal Sojourner 

286 Brunswick St., Stratford, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. George A. MacLeod Grand Registrar 

5 Silverwood Ave., Ottawa 12, Ont. 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE— Elected 
R. Ex. Comp. F. Carl Ackert, 1 Lincoln Ave., Gait, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Stanley Portch, R.R. No. 2, 5059 Walkers Line, Milton, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Wellington Smith, 166 Third St., Fort Francis, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Lloyd B. Gillespie, 410 Eden Ave., Ottawa, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Andrew Nisbet Jr., 17 Sturton Rd., Weston, Ont. 

GRAND SUPERINTENDENTS 
The nominations for Grand Superintendents were submitted to the 
Most Excellent Grand Z., who was pleased to approve, and the following 
selections were confirmed: 

St. Clair District No. 1 R. Ex. Comp. Richard Thomas Cadwallader, 

Eddys Mills, Ont. 

London District No. 2 R. Ex. Comp. Reginald Norris, 

140 Alaunia St., London, Ont. 

Wilson District No. 3 R. Ex. Comp. Frederick Lewis Grigg, 

182 Head St. N., Simcoe, Ont. 



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Wellington District No. 4 R. Ex. Comp. William Norman Hemphil,l 

706 Rockway Dr., Kitchener, Ont. 

Hamilton District No. 5 R. Ex. Comp. John Nelson Aldridge, 

R.R. No. 5, Cayuga, Ont. 

Huron District No. 6 R. Ex. Comp. James A. Mair, 

R.R. No. 5, Brussels, Ont. 

Niagara District No. 7 R. Ex. Comp. Wallace Edward Brown, 

Box 235, Virgil, Ont. 
Toronto East District No. 8 R. Ex. Comp. Otis Roy Roberts, 

134 Old Orchard Grove, Toronto 12, Ont. 
Toronto West District No. 8A R. Ex. Comp. Milton Gottlieb, 

2 Fraserwood, Atp. 2, Toronto 19, Ont. 

Georgian District No. 9 R. Ex. Comp. John James Robins, 

316 Second St., Midland, Ont. 

Ontario District No. 10 R. Ex. Comp. Ernest Robert Stafford, 

312 Euclid St., Box 133, Whitby, Ont. 

Prince Edward District No. 11 R. Ex. Comp. Elburne Zeran, 

Box 1110, Napanee, Ont. 

St. Lawrence District No. 12 R. Ex. Comp. Norman G. M. Tuck, 

R.R. No. 1, Long Sault, Ont. 

Ottawa District No. 13 R. Ex. Comp. Claude Vickers, 

152 Breezehill Ave., Ottawa 3, Ont. 

Algoma District No. 14 R. Ex. Comp. Victor Kitchener Croxford, 

Box 220, Rainy River, Ont. 
New Ontario District No. 15 R. Ex. Comp. Kenneth Reginald Shore, 

135 Mead Blvd., Box 107, Espanola, Ont. 
Temaskaming District No. 16 R. Ex. Comp. Arthur E. Humphries, 

289 Belleview St., Timmins, Ont. 

NEXT PLACE OF MEETING 

By special resolution of Grand Chapter the One Hundred and Seventh 
Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Can- 
ada in the Province of Ontario will be held at the Royal York Hotel, Front 
Street West, Toronto, Ont., on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 13 and 14, 
1965, commencing at 10 o'clock in the forenoon. 

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON MEMBERSHIP 

To the Most Excellent Grand First Principal, Officers and Members 
of the Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the Province of 
Ontario. 

Most Excellent Sir and Companions: 

Your Committee on Membership has much pleasure in submitting 
their report for the year just concluded. 

It is refreshing to note the fine fraternal activity which is taking 
place all across our jurisdiction. Many special occasions marked our pro- 
gress in 1964 — receptions to the M. Ex. Grand First Principal, interna- 
tional gatherings on both sides of the border, visitations between Dis- 
tricts and between Chapters. All of these things are most effective in 
promoting understanding and good will. 

From the viewpoint of your Membership Committee these things 
should continue and even expand. We make that statement because the 
good will engendered in such activities strengthens our order and brings 
it into greater cohesion and this in turn creates that spirit which gives us 
the will, the energy, to work just a little bit harder for those things so 



90 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

near and dear to our hearts. 

Work me must if we are to increase our membership. This is not a 
one-man task, nor a committee commitment — it's an all out job for every 
member of every Chapter. 

For several years we have been making gains in membership only to 
have these gains wiped out by the tremendously heavy losses we incur 
every year in the passing of so many of our senior members. 1963 was a 
continuation of this trend and we lost a total of 552 members to the 
Grand Chapter above. 

We show a net gain in new members, over withdrawals and suspen- 
sions, of 299, yet when we consider our losses through the passing of so 
many of our Companions we end up with an aggregate loss Of 253 mem- 
bers. 

Companions, we are sure everyone realizes the seriousness of a con- 
tinuing downward trend in membership. Perhaps we are too. complacent, 
too satisfied to go along from year to year just barely holding our own, 
or maybe slipping behind a little every now and then. Surely we are not so 
naive as to believe this can continue; we absolutely must arouse ourselves 
to effort, real effort, to start the graph climbing again. 

We believe with every fibre of our being that the Royal Craft has a 
purposeful and dynamic place in our system of things. We believe the 
courage, compassion and love which it teaches makes this world a better 
place to live in and us better people to live with. If we accept these facts 
then we must also accept the fact the spice of life is a task undertaken 
and the satisfaction thereof the task completed and fulfilled. We cannot 
under these circumstances and these beliefs continue to accept a declining 
membership. We must accept the challenge and do something, about it. 

The question is, how do we go about changing the situation and when 
do we start? Companions, your committee suggets that NOW is the time 
and right here at Grand Chapter the PLACE. 

More than likely you are here with other Companions from your own 
Chapter or at least with other Companions from your District. Get to- 
gether with them as soon as possible to discuss ways and means because 
your committee is going to offer you herewith some suggestions which 
have been transmitted to us from Chapters in several different areas and 
these suggestions have been tried and proven. They WILL work and they 
WILL produce results, but someone has to implement them. We cannot 
stress that fact too strongly; there has to be a leader, someone who will 
accept the responsibility and follow it through with action. Will YOU be 
the one in your Chapter? We hope that you will, because by your pres- 
ence here you indicate that you have the interest of the Royal Craft 
close to your heart and it requires that interest to generate the en- 
thusiasm needed to get on with the job. 

Let us assume then that YOU WILL accept the responsibility, that 
YOU WILL go back to your individual Chapters filled with the desire to 
prove once more your love of our time-honored institution, filled with 
the enthusiasm so necessary to ignite the spark that can change the 
whole picture of a declining membership into one of increasing member- 
ship. It can be done but it requires you and I right up front in the action. 

Having made the decision to act and having raised our enthusiasm to 
do something about this challenge, how do we proceed ? 

We submit that first of all we must think, we must reason, we must 
use our minds, the best weapons that we have. Companions, you are all 
familiar with these words, "You learned to form a just estimate of those 
wonderous facilities with which God has endowed the being created after 
His own image and to feel the duty He has therebv imposed upon you of 
cultivating those divine attributes with the most diligent care and atten- 



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tion that you may be enabled to show forth His glory and contribute to 
the happiness of mankind." 

Companions, this is a positive statement, it teaches us that God in 
His infinite wisdom has- given us the faculty to be the masters of our 
destinies, has given us all the working tools we require to overcome every 
obstacle. Where then is our faith if we don't make the effort? 

We know now that we can do the job — we know now that we have 
the required tools, so let's take up the challenge and show the world that 
we have the faith. 

We said earlier we would have some suggestions for you and here 
are some of the methods that have produced excellent results. 

The starting point has to be an active and aggressive membership 
committee at Chapter level. You can't take a ship through the shoals if 
you don't have a good pilot and the Chapter membership committee is 
that pilot. We caution you, however, in your choice of members for the 
committee. Do not put a Companion on the committee just because he is a 
nice fellow or a faithful attender; pick members who will act. Believe me 
it's better to have a member who will do something, even though he 
makes mistakes, than to have a member who does nothing. The member- 
ship committee should then draft a form letter which is sent out to each 
newly made Master Mason, congratulating him on the completion of his 
Master Mason degree, thus making him aware of the presence of a 
Chapter of Royal Arch Masons in his locality and giving him a name or 
names to contact if he is interested in completing his Master Mason de- 
gree. (We can supply you with a sample copy of this letter if you so de- 
sire.) The letter, of course, should be followed up by a personal contact. 

This is a simple matter and can be undertaken with very little effort 
and it will produce results. We who are familiar with the Royal Craft 
perhaps find it hard to realize but there are literally thousands of Blue 
Lodge Brethren who won't even know we exist. They have never heard 
of the Royal Arch. Let's make it a point to tell them. 

Another method for interesting new members requires a contact with 
the Blue Lodge in your area, the desired goal being a Royal Arch night 
featuring a team of Royal Arch Masons to do the work with a Royal 
Arch speaker for the banquet hour. 

When this is arranged there are a few factors which should be con- 
sidered: 

(a) Arrange through your Chapter (or your Principals' Associa- 
tion if vour Chapter cannot supply the reauired number of workers) to 
set up the best possible team, a team capable of working a letter perfect 
degree. This is important because this team represents the Royal Arch 
image to the Brethren assembled. 

(b) Publicize the event among ALL the Chapters in your District to 
get out as manv Royal Arch Masons as possible. Make it a big night so 
that when the Royal Arch group is received it overwhelms the members 
of the Blue Lodge present by sheer force of numbers. If we may disgress 
for a moment, we had the privilege of being part of one of these Royal 
Arch nights in^ a Blue Lodge recently and the Brethren who were as- 
sembled to receive us numbered approximately 40 persons. Our group was 
upwards of 100 members and when we were received it made a real im- 
pression on those Brethren present. I overheard one Brother say to an- 
other, "I thouerht the Royal Arch was the weak sister; it sure doesn't look 
like it from here." 

From this you will see that it is extremelv important to publicise the 
evening and get a large turnout of Royal Arch Companions. It helns us 
immeasurably to change our image from the "weak sister" to the "strong 
Companion." 



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Finally, we should be particularly careful not to "hard sell" the 
Royal Craft at the banquet hour. We don't have to if we have planned 
properly up to this point. We have already impressed our Brethren. What 
we require now is a speaker who can balance out the work begun when 
the Companions filed into the lodge room. 

His topic need not even be on the Royal Craft except for a brief 
reference as to its place in the Masonic structure. 

Any Chapter desirous of implementing these suggestions can get all 
the assistance they need by simply contacting the Masonic Education 
Committee of Grand Chapter, that group which has been so recently 
formed yet are already making their presence felt with the assistance 
they are offering to the Chapters all over the jurisdiction. 

We have perhaps dwelt overly long on this subject yet we are so con- 
vinced that we CAN correct this situation if we but put forth the effort, 
and it is to you and I who have to do this because those members not 
present here are going to have to be convinced in and of themselves so 
it's really a two-fold job. 

I can almost hear some of our Companions say, "It won't work." 
Companions, if it won't work it's because we are unwilling to expand the 
effort to make it work, because we are guilty of thinking negatively in- 
stead of positively, and perhaps most important to all with somewhat 
less faith than what we, as Masons, should have, for God has given us 
His promise that by faith alone we can accomplish wonders. 

Let us reaffirm that faith and face the challenge with firm convic- 
tion that success will be ours — and it will be. 

Respectfully and fraternally submitted, 

NORM FARRINGTON, Niagara District No. 7 
JAMES FACER, London District No. 2 
GEORGE COPPEN, Ontario District No. 10 
LORNE VAUGHAN, Prince Edward District No. 11 
STAN PORTCH, Chairman 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. J. E. Girven, seconded by R. Ex. Comp. 
Stanley Portch, and — 

Resolved — That the report of the Special Committee on Membership 
be received and adopted. 

COMMUNICATIONS AND GREETINGS 

Letters were received conveying greetings and expressing regrets 
for non-attendance from: 
The Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of British Columbia — 

M. Ex. Comp. John S. Dyke, Grand Z. 
The Grand Royal Arch Chapter of the State of Illinois — 

M. Ex. Comp. Ralph P. Hornbuckle, Grand High Priest. 
Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons State of Indiana — 

M. Ex. Comp. Carl E. Shrader, Grand High Priest. 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of the State of Iowa — 

M. Ex. Comp. Victor L. Allbee, Grand High Priest. 
Grand Chapter of Maine Royal Arch Masons — 

M. Ex. Comp. Horace A. Pratt, Grand High Priest. 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Maryland — 

M. Ex. Comp. Carl J. Wismer, Grand High Priest. 
Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Massachusetts — 

M. Ex. Comp. Archie M. Simons, Grand High Priest. 
The Grand Royal Arch Chapter of New Brunswick — 

M. Ex. Comp. Malcolm F. Eagles, Grand Z. 



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Grand Royal Arch Chapter of the State of New Jersey — 
M. Ex. Comp. J. Howard Haring, Grand High Priest. 

Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Nova Scotia — 

M. Ex. Comp. Frederic C. Morrison, Grand High Priest. 

Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of the State of Ohio — 
M. Ex. Comp. James W. Ferguson, Grand High Priest. 

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON CONSTITUTION, LAWS AND 
JURISPRUDENCE 

To the Most Excellent Grand First Principal, Officers and Com- 
panions of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the 
Province of Ontario. 

1. The Grand Superintendent of Niagara District No. 7 at the re- 
quest of Niagara Chapter No. 55 G.R.C. has submitted notice of motion 
to amend Section 235 of the Constitution of Grand Chapter by adding the 
words "and where the population is over 80,000" in the eighth line 
thereof. 

This amended section, even if approved by Grand Chapter, does not 
confer concurrent jurisdiction on any Chapter or District, unless subse- 
quent notice of motion be given in each and every case as provided in the 
last paragraph of this section. Subject to this observation, there is no 
legal objection to this notice of motion being presented to Grand Chapter. 

2. As notice of motion to amend Section 237 and a notice of motion 
to amend Section 140 have been filed within the required time and there is 
no legal objection to these notices of motion being presented to Grand 
Chapter. 

3. Notice of a resolution to repeal the present rules respecting 
grants for benevolence and substitute therefore new rules respecting 
benevolence has been considered, and there is no legal objection to this 
resolution being presented to Grand Chapter. 

All of which is respectfully submitted. 

JOHN M. BURDEN, Chairman, 
Committee on Constitution, Laws and Jurisprudence 
Moved by R. Ex. Comp. J. E. Girven, seconded by M. Ex. Comp. J. 
M. Burden, and — 

Resolved — That the report of the Committee on Constiutional Laws 
and Jurisprudence be received and adopted. 

MOTIONS— AMENDMENTS TO CONSTITUTION 

R. Ex. Comp. Norman Farrington presented the following notice of 
motion: 

That Section 235 of the Constitution of Grand Chapter be amended 
so that Sectioin 235 will read: 

There shall be concurrent jurisdiction between Chapters in any city 
having more than one hundred thousand inhabitants and such of the 
Chapters within 10 miles air line measurement from the municipal limit 
of such city as are located within the same District as the city Chapters 
and such concurrent jurisdiction may be granted by Grand Chapter to a 
Chapter beyond said 10 miles limit^ and where the population is over 
80,000, but situated in the same District as city Chapters, provided that a 
notice of motion to effect such purposes shall have been given as provided 
for in the case of a proposed alteration or amendment of the Constitution 
of Grand Chapter. 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. N. Harrington, second by R. Ex. Comp. 
J. E. Girven, and — 



94 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

Resolved — That the foregoing amendment be adopted. Carried. 

M. Ex. Comp. John M. Burden, Q.C., presented the following notice 
of motion: 

That Section 237 of the Constitution of Grand Chapter be amended so 
that Section 237 will read: 

When any Companion from without the jurisdiction of the Grand 
Chapter of Canada presents himself as a Joining Companion, and pro- 
duces satisfactory proof of his having been exalted to the Royal Arch de- 
gree, each and every Chapter shall have liberty to and may confer the 
degrees of Mark Master and Most Excellent Master on such Companion 
who has not heretofore received them, free of charge except a fee to 
Grand Chapter for registry. 

It was moved by M. Ex. Comp. J. M. Burden, seconded by R. Ex. 
Comp. J. E. Girven, and — 

Resolved — That the foregoing amendment be adopted. Carried. 

M. Ex. Comp. Clarence MacLeod Pitts presented the following notice 
of motion: 

That Section 140 of the Constitution of Grand Chapter be amended 
by deleting the amount of "42%" and substituting thereof the amount of 
"50," so that this Section as amended shall read: 

For every member of a Chapter, payable semi-annually on the 30th 
of June and the 31st of December in each year, except the first year of 
the organization of the Chapter .50. 

It was moved by M. Ex. Comp. C. M. Pitts, seconded by R. Ex. Comp. 
J. E. Girven, and — 

Resolved — That the foregoing amendment be adopted. Carried. 

M. Ex. Comp. John L. House presented the following notice of mo- 
tion: 

That the Rules Respecting Grants for Benevolence as now included in 
the Constitution of Grand Chapter be repealed and the following sub- 
stituted thereof: 

RULES RESPECTING GRANTS FOR BENEVOLENCE 

1. Grand Chapter grants to a Companion, or to relatives of a living 
or a deceased Companion, are to be considered as supplementary aid to 
that given by the Chapter or local board of relief recommending the ap- 
plication; the amount of the grant depending in each instance on the 
need for assistance and the ability of the Chapter to provide the necessary 
relief. 

2. In any District or in any city in which there are Chapters having 
concurrent jurisdiction there may be established by a vote of a majority 
of the Chapters in said District or city a local board of relief. Such local 
boards shall be composed of representatives from each Chapter in such 
District or city elected annually by open vote of the Companions present 
at the election of officers of the Chapter, and shall have power to frame 
a code of bylaws and elect a chairnian and secretary-treasurer, and when 
the formation of such a board and its bylaws have been approved by the 
Executive Committee the same shall be considered a duly constituted 
Local Board of Relief under Grand Chapter. 

3. All applications for benevolence must be made upon a printed 
form, which will be furnished by the Grand Scribe E. when applied for. It 
shall be the duty of the Z. of the Chapter to see that they are sent to the 
Grand Scribe E. before the 31st day of January immediately preceding 
the Annual Meeting of Grand Chapter in each and every year. It is im- 
perative that the fullest possible information be given in the several 
blanks in such printed form, whether the application is made for the first 
time or for the renewal of a grant. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1964 95 

4. All applications for benevolence shall be made through a Chapter 
and shall be signed by the Z. and Scribe E. thereof, with the seal of the 
Chapter affixed, and in no case shall an application be made through an 
individual Companion. It shall be imperative for every Chapter intending 
to recommend an application for benevolence to pass a resolution to that 
effect in open Chapter, record the same in its minute book and attach to 
each application a copy thereof, signed by the Z. or presiding officer and 
the Scribe E. of the Chapter and having the seal of the Chapter attached 
thereto. All applications for benevolence recommended by a Chapter 
situated in any city or District in which there is a local board of relief, 
acknowledged as such by the Grand Chapter, shall be transmitted to 
Grand Chapter through the local board of relief. 

5. It shall be the duty of every Chapter to see that applications for 
renewals of grants are sent to the Grand Scribe E. for those beneficiaries 
who have been receiving through the Chapter a grant from Grand Chap- 
ter in the current year and who are still in need of assistance; said ap- 
plications to be in the hands of the Grand Scribe E. by the 31st day of 
January in each year. Whenever a Chapter does not wish a renewal of a 
grant the secretary of the Chapter shall notify the Grand Scribe E. to 
that effect before the 31st day of January. 

6. In cases of pressing need arising between Convocations of Grand 
Chapter, interim grants for purposes of temporary relief may be made by 
the chairman of the Committee on Benevolence, with the approval of the 
Most Excellent the Grand Z. and the president of the Executive Commit- 
tee. 

7. Grants shall be payable in two equal half-yearly payments by 
cheques issued by the Grand Scribe E. and signed by him and the Grand 
Treasurer and countersigned by the president of the Executive Commit- 
tee in favor of the grantee and the Z. of the Chapter or of the secretary- 
treasurer of the local board of relief, and such cheques shall require the 
endorsation of both the grantee and the Z. or secretary-treasurer (as the 
case may be) before being honored. All all cases in which grants are 
made payable through the Z. of a Chapter it shall be his duty to renort to 
the Chapter the receipt of such cheque or cheques, and the Scribe E. shall 
record the report in the minute book of the Chapter. Whenever there is a 
local board of relief acknowledged as such by Grand Chapter, in any Dis- 
trict or city, all grants made to parties recommended by any Chapter 
within the limit of such District or city shall be made payable through 
the secretary-treasurer of the local board of relief. In special cases this 
rule may be varied by the chairman of the committee, with the consent of 
the president of the Executive Committee. 

8. All forms application and returns are from time to time to be 
prepared by the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee shall 
also from time to time decide upon the maximum amount of grants to be 
made in the various classes of cases. 

9. No grant may be made to an unaffiliated Companion, nor to rela- 
tives of a deceased Companion who at the time of his death was an un- 
affiliated Royal Arch Mason, unless in exceptional cases, with the au- 
thority of the Grand First Principal, the president of the Executive Com- 
mittee and the chairman of the Committee on Benevolence. 

10. It shall be the duty of each Grand Superintendent, on the occas- 
sion of his official visit to the Chapters in his District, to ascertain 
whether any cases of distress exist which should be recommended to 
Grand Chapter for benevolence, and if so, to direct the attention of the 
officers of the Chapter to these rules. It shall also be the duty of each 
Grand Superintendent to direct the attention of the Chapters in his Dis- 
trict through whose Z's cheques have previously been payable to the 
necessity of making proper return for such grants, and in all cases, of 



96 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

which he is advised, where such Chapters at any time have failed to make 
such return he shall make due inquiry into the cause thereof, shall direct 
the return to be forwarded to the Grand Scribe E. and to report upon 
such inquiry to Grand Chapter. 

11. Chapters or local boards of relief which fail to comply with the 
foregoing rules have no claim for the consideration of applications for 
relief. 

12. The chairman of the Committee on Benevolence shall prepare 
and lay before the Executive Committee at its first Convocation held im- 
mediately before such Annual Convocation of Grand Chapter and for the 
purpose of being printed for the information of Grand Chapter a report in 
such a form as may from time to time be devised by the Executive Com- 
mittee respecting the returns made by the local boards of relief and by 
Chapters, and the applications for benevolence recommended by the same. 

13. In cases of extreme and urgent necessity, where proper and suf- 
ficient assistance may be restricted under these rules, the Committee on 
Benevolence with the approval of the Grand First Principal and the presi- 
dent of the Executive Committee may make special grants as may be 
considered necessary. All such cases of special grants shall be reported at 
the next annual meeting of the Executive Committee of Grand Chapter. 

It was moved by M. Ex. Comp. John L. House, seconded by R. Ex. 
Comp. J. E. Girven, and — 

Resolved — That the foregoing amendment be adopted. Carried. 

M. Ex. Comp. J. M. Burden, Q.C., presented the following notice of 
motion: 

That Section 87 of the Constitution of Grand Chapter be waived and 
that the rank of Honorary Grand First Principal be conferred on R. Ex. 
Comp. Reginald J. Lewis, Grand J. 

It was moved by M. Ex. Comp. J. M. Burden, seconded by R. Ex. 
Comp. J. E. Girven, and — 

Resolved — That the foregoing motion be adopted. Carried unani- 
mously. 

OFFICERS INSTALLED AND INVESTED 

M. Ex. Comp. John M. Burden, Q.C., installed and invested the newly 
elected officers of Grand Chapter, including the Grand Superintendents 
of the several Districts, and they were proclaimed and saluted according 
to ancient custom. 

M. Ex. Comp. Fraser Hay, Grand Z., extended his congratulations to 
the newly invested Grand Superintendents, reminding them of their duties 
in connection with their office and wished for them all the pleasure their 
work in office will afford them, impressing upon them the responsibility 
they carry on their shoulders as the representative of the Grand First 
Principal and of Grand Chapter, wishing them health and all the help of 
the Most High. 

R. Ex. Comp. Girven, Grand H., also directed a few remarks to the 
newly invested Grand Superintendents, extending his congratulations 
and pledging them his support. 

VOTE OF THANKS 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. James E. Girven, seconded by M. Ex. 
Comp. Charles W. Emmett, and — 

Resolved — That the thanks of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch 
Masons of Canada in the Province of Ontario be extended to: 

The Credential Committee, under the direction of R. Ex. Comp. J. W. 
Woodland, for the efficient manner in which they carried out their duties; 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1964 97 

The Scrutineers, under the direction of V. Ex. Comp. E. Jenkins, for 
their services in taking charge of the election of officers; 

General Chairmen and sub-committees who looked after the arrange- 
ments and for their untiring assistance, including the reception and en- 
tertainment of the delegates' and their ladies; 

The Installing Board, under the direction of M. Ex. Comp. John M. 
Burden, and the Past Grand Zs and to all those who have contributed to 
the success of our One Hundred and Sixth Annual Convocation. 

APPOINTED TO OFFICE 

The following appointments have been made by Most Ex. Comp. 
Fraser Hay: 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE— Appointed 
R. Ex. Comp. L. C. Ewener, 1308 London Rd., Sarnia, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. G. L. Nutt, 516 Fair St., Woodstock. Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Everett C. Wood, 142 N. Front St., Belleville, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. F. W. D. Welham, 60' Stewart Smith Drive, Toronto, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Frederick Scott, 41 Fairfield Ave. N., Hamilton, Ont. 

ASSISTANT OFFICERS— Appointed 
M. Ex. Comp. Bruce H. Smith Grand Lecturer 

169 Dufferin Ave., Belleville, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. C. G. Smuck Assistant Grand Chaplain 

20 Thornton Ave., London, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Walton G. Pascoe Grand Senior Sojourner 

•5 Chapel St., Box 448, Bowmanville, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. William Wyllie Grand Junior Sojourner 

33 Bowie Ave., Toronto 10, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Wilfrid Lea Brown Grand Sword Bearer 

84 Willow Ave., Toronto 13, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. G. H. A. Suddard Grand Master Fourth Veil 

25 Greta St., Oshawa, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. E. Leslie Earl Grand Master Third Veil 

252 Collingwood St., Kingston, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Dalton Burns Grand Master Second Veil 

218 Broadview St., Pembroke, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Mason W. Acton Grand Master First Veil 

94 Toronto St. N., Uxbridge, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Gordon B. Lipsett Grand Standard Bearer 

Box 19, Group 5, Nelles Rd., Grimsby, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. G. K. Mansell Grand Director of Ceremonies 

206 Sydenham St., Woodstock, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. F. P. MacFarlane Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies 

2970 Sunset Lane, Camlachie, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. William Worthington Grand Organist 

506 Grosvenor St., London, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. B. W. Spencer Grand Pursuivant 

78 Boustead Ave., Toronto 3, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. N. R. McEachran Grand Steward 

52 McNaughton Ave. E., Chatham, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. D. M. Burwell Grand Stewart 

192 Stuart St., Sarnia, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Clinton Scott Grand Steward 

356 Tillson Ave., Tillsonburg, Ont. 



98 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

V. Ex. Comp. Lome Armstrong Grand Steward 

61 College St., Box 82, Durham, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Colin Smillie Grand Steward 

71 Bronte St., Milton, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. George S. Atkins. Grand Steward 

257 Ontario St., Stratford, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Fred Jones Grand Steward 

927 Welland Ave., Niagara Falls, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. James A. Kilsby Grand Steward 

127 Minnesota St., Collingwood, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Douglas Wilbur Ives Grand Steward 

152 Ritson Rd. S., Oshawa, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Stanley Henry Lennox Grand Steward 

265 Bleecker Ave., Belleville, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Joseph W. McCullough Grand Steward 

34 Thurston Rd., Toronto 7, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Robert Howard Seymour Grand Steward 

3 Third Ave., Kingston, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Alexander Mack Grand Steward 

103*2 Falaise Rd., Ottawa, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. John Samuel Boone Grand Steward 

Box 597, 96 Clark St., Atikokan, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. L. S. J. Atkinson Grand Steward 

371 Church St., Box 149, Garson, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Edward John Harris Grand Steward 

2B Government Rd. E., Kirkland Lake, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Charles James Fox Grand Steward 

R.R. No. 7, Parkhill, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. D. S. MacLachlan Grand Outer Guard 

800 Vaughan Rd., Apt. C14, Toronto 10, Ont. 




The labors of the Annual Convocation being 
ended, Grand Chapter was closed in Ample 
Form at 12 noon, Toronto, Ontario, Wednesday, 
April 22, 1964. 

[Robert (form (jiamuton 

Grand Scribe E. 



Monday evening, April 20, 1964, the Grand Z. M. Ex. Comp. Fraser 
Hay invited his Council, P.G.Z's, Executive Committee to a dinner in the 
Tudor Room, Royal York Hotel, Toronto, to assist him in doing honors to 
his distinguished guests. At the same time Mrs. Gertrude Hay and her 
committee entertained the wives and ladies of our distinguished guests 
with a dinner, etc., in the Algonquin Room, Royal York Hotel, Toronto. 

Tuesday evening, April 21, 1964, the annual banauet was held in the 
Concert Hall of the Royal York Hotel, approximately 500 Companions and 
their ladies being present. Our Grand Z. was the chairman and he pro- 
vided a very interesting program. 

The guest speaker was the Rev. George W. Goth of London, Ont., who 
gave a most interesting and thought-provoking address entitled "You 
Never Had It So Good," in which he compared the present conditions and 
opportunities with those of the earlier times. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1964 99 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE— President 

R. Ex. Comp. James E. Girven Grand H. 

(By virtue of office) 
M. Ex. Comp. Fraser Hay, M.D , Grand Z. 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 

(By virtue of office) 

M. Ex. Comp. John M. Burden, Q.C Grand Z. 1943-44 

126 Old Orchard Grove, Toronto 12, Ont. 
M. Ex. Comp. R. V. Conover, O.B.E. Grand Z. 1945-46 

R.R. No. 6, Brampton, Ont. 
M. Ex. Comp. Fred W. Dean Grand Z. 1947-48 

244 Holton Ave. S., Hamilton, Ont. 
M. Ex. Comp. Clarence MacLeod Pitts Grand Z. 1949-50 

2 Mill St., Ottawa 4, Ont. 
M. Ex. Comp. Alexander G. N. Bradshaw Grand Z. 1951-52 

655 Waterloo St., London, Ont. 
M. Ex. Comp. John Loftus House Grand Z. 1955-56 

14 Pearson Ave., Toronto 3, Ont. 
M. Ex. Comp. Maurice A. Searle Grand Z. 1957-58 

Apt 501, 1555 Queen St. E., Toronto 8, Ont. 
M. Ex. Comp. Bruce H. Smith Grand Z. 1959-60 

169 Dufferin Ave., Belleville, Ont. 
M. Ex. Comp. Charles W. Emmett Grand Z. 1961-62 

27 Colwood Rd., Islington, Ont. 
M. Ex. Comp. Melville S. Gooderham Honorary Grand Z. 1957 

244 Inglewood Drive, Toronto 7, Ont. 
M. Ex. Comp. Reginald J. Lewis Honorary Grand Z. 1964 and Grand J. 

421 St. Clarens Ave., Toronto 4, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Robert John Hamilton Grand Scribe E. 

i514 Temple Bldg., 62 Richmond St. W., Toronto 1, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. W. H. Cheetham Grand Scribe N. 

374 Morse St., Port Arthur, Ont. 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE— Honorary 
R. Ex. Comp. Joseph A. Hearn, 460 Oriole Parkway, Toronto, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Beniamin S. Scott, 9 Prospect Ave., London, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. C. Harold Shannon, 30 Spetz St., Kitchener, Ont. 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE— Elected 
R. Ex. Comp. F. Carl Ackert, 1 Lincoln Ave., Gait, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Stanley Portch, R.R. No. 2, 5059 Walkers Line, Milton, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Wellington Smith, 166 Third St., Fort Francis, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Lloyd B. Gillespie, 410 Eden Ave., Ottawa, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Andrew Nisbet Jr., 17 Sturton Rd., Weston, Ont. 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE— Appointed 
R. Ex. Comp. L. C. Ewener, 1308 London Rd., Sarnia, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. G. L. Nutt, 516 Fair St., Woodstock, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Everett C. Wood, 142 N. Front St., Belleville, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. F. W. D. Welham, 60 Stewart Smith Drive, Toronto, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Frederick Scott, 41 Fairfield Ave. N., Hamilton, Ont. 

BENEVOLENT COMMITTEE 

(Members of the Executive Committee by virtue of office) 
M. Ex. Comp. Fred W. Dean, 244 Holton Ave. S., Hamilton, Ont. 
M. Ex. Comp. John M. Burden, Q.C, 126 Old Orchard Grove, Toronto 12, 
R. Ex. Comp. Albert Jarvis, 17 Ontario St., Grimsby, Ont. 

GRAND SUPERINTENDENTS 

(Members of the Executive Committee by virtue of office) 



100 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

SUB-COMMITTEES OF GRAND CHAPTER EXECUTIVE 

WARRANTS AND DISPENSATIONS 

R. Ex. Comps. L. C Ewener (chairman), Everett C. Wood (vice-chairman), 

K. R. Shore, F. L. Grigg, W. N. Hemphill, Elburne Zeran. 

PRINTING AND SUPPLIES 

R. Ex. Comps. F. W. D. Welham (chairman), V. K. Croxford, J. J. Robins, 

R. T. Cadwallader, Reginald Norris. 

FINANCE 

R. Ex. Comps. F. C. Ackert (chairman), Grand Council, Past Grand Zs, 

Grand Treasurer, Chairman of Investments and Grand Scribe E. 

INVESTMENTS 

R. Ex. Comp. Fred Scott (chairman), Grand Council, Grand Treasurer, 

Grand Scribe E. 

BENEVOLENCE 

M. Ex. Comps. F. W. Dean (chairman), J. M. Burden, Q.C., 

R. Ex. Comp. A. Jarvis. 

GRIEVANCE AND APPEALS 

M. Ex. Comps. A. G. N. Bradshaw (chairman), J. M. Burden, Q.C., 

J. L. House. 

CONSTITUTION, LAWS AND JURISPRUDENCE 

R. Ex. Comp. C. Harold Shannon, Q.C. 

CONDITIONS OF CAPITULAR MASONRY 

R. Ex. Comps. A. F. Nisbet Jr. (chairman), 0. R. Roberts, M. Gottlieb. 

FRATERNAL DEAD 

R. Ex. Comps. Wellington Smith (chairman), Rev. C. Manning, B.D. 

(vice-chairman), A. E. Humphries, E. R. Stafford, N. G. M. Tuck. 

FRATERNAL CORRESPONDENCE AND REVIEWER 

M. Ex. Comp. M. A. Searle. 

SPECIAL COMMITTEES OF GRAND CHAPTER 

GRAND Z's ADDRESS 

M. Ex. Comps. M. A. Searle (chairman), J. M. Burden, Q.C, R. V. 

Conover, O.B.E., F. W. Dean, C. M. Pitts, A. G. N. Bradshaw, J. L. House, 

B. H. Smith, C. W. Emmett, M. S. Gooderham, R. J. Lewis. 

MILEAGE AND PER DIEM 

R. Ex. Comps. L. B. Gillespie, E. C. Wood, G. L. Nutt. 

EDUCATION 

M. Ex. Comp. C. W. Emmett (chairman), Grand Council, Past Grand Zs, 

Chairman and Vice-Chairman of Masonic Instruction Committee, 

Grand Lecturer, Grand Scribe E. 

MEMBERSHIP 

R. Ex. Comps. S. Portch (chairman), J. N. Aldridge, C. Vickers, 

W. E. Brown, J. A. Mair. 

DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARDS 

M. Ex. Comps-. C. M. Pitts (chairman), J. L. House, A. G. N. Bradshaw. 

ARCHIVE COMMITTEE 

R. Ex. Comps. B. S. Scott (chairman), F. J. Johnson, G. L. Nutt. 

MASONIC INSTRUCTION COMMITTEE 

M. Ex. Comp. C. W. Emmett (chairman), R. Ex. Comp. A. F. Nisbet Jr. 

(vice-chairman), R. Ex. Comp. Bryan Alford, V. Ex. Comp. James 

Turnbull, M. Ex. Comp. B. H. Smith. 

OFFICE EQUIPMENT 

R. Ex. Comp. Joseph A. Hearn (chairman), Grand Council. 

SPECIAL VICTORY THANKSGIVING BENEVOLENT COMMITTEE 

ON REVISION 

M. Ex. Comps. M. A. Searle (chairman), J. M. Burden, Q.C, J. L. House, 

C W. Emmett, F. W. Dean. 



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106 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

RESTORATIONS 

1 — Earl C. Clarke, Donald Roe; 7 — Clarence Hubert Sherry; 20— 
Daniel G. Stewart; 24 — Howard Gilbert Clarke; 77 — Ormand Eustace 
Kennedy; 80^— John Calquhoun; 82— Cecil Ivan Blair; 94 — Harold E. 
Couch; 103— G. Emerson McArthur; 138 — Lloyd Bordon Jones; 224— 
Bernice L. Springstead; 225 — John A. Newell; 245 — John F. McFarlane; 
251— J. W. McBain, H. H. Boyd; 252— Fred Chappel, Wilson V. Atmore. 

SUSPENSIONS 

2 — James E. Barry, Norman Gilbert Smith, Cecil Armstrong, Thomas 
J. Stroyd; 3 — Roy Ernest Lovie, Basil Thompson; 5 — Thomas Cochrane 
Bishop, Alexander K. Burns, George Robert Cheswick, Robert Connell, 
William Peter Duncan, Frank George Garcia, John Oliver Gould, Robert 
Edward Warren, Leslie Orr Wilson, Richard Walter Triance; 6 — Alex F. 
Reid; 15 — Harold Leonard Hedges; 16 — Gordon C. Colbert, Ormand 
Campbell Elliott, Patrick H. Moore, Eric Leslie Mead, Cecil Thorold Wier; 
19 — Maurice Abraham White, John Michael King, Sidney David Slepkov, 
Kenneth Wilmoth; 20 — Thomas Kingley, Harold Lawson Floor, James 
Geotz, Charles A. Potter, John Dunhill; 23— Roy W. Thorne; 24— Emanuel 
Balls; 28— Roger Cook, W. R. Gimblett, Arthur Clark Rundle, John C. 
Rundle, Stanley E. Shine; 29 — Thomas Backus, John Claire Misner, Victor 
Stayley Munce, Robert Wilson Stretton, John Henry Davies; 31— George 
Donald Andrews, Bordon Wager; 37 — Allan Bertram King; 48 — John 
Dinwoodie Burnet, Charles Emory Burrison, Fred Field Cockburn, Alelen 
Coffey, Care Curtis, Frank Furlong Mallory, Lloyd Thomas McBride, 
George Hoyden Stephen, James Percy Williams; 57 — Robert James 
Brooks, Jack Williams, Vern A. Hoffman, George Edwin Adams; 59 — 
Samuel G. Smolken, Hastings Steele, Ino Stanley Sheppherdson, Garfield 
Morton Hodge, Kenneth R. Eland, William John Bradford, Dudley Gars- 
den Fowler, Jonn Edward Charles Blaire, Orlando Wilbert Huggins, D. H. 
Jones, John Verney McDonald; 62 — William John Tooze, Howard Robert 
Harper; 68 — Joseph Costelwaithe; 73 — Mathew John Roberts, J. Stanley 
Campbell; 77 — Francis George Henry Logie, William James Chope, Gor- 
don Dean Cox, Paul Andrusiw, Ivan Graham, Sidney John Culley, Earl 
William Jones, Benjamin William Kennedy, Bert Douglas Wood, Robert 
Richard Moore, George McCraney Orr, George Christopher Scopis, Robert 
Arthur Stubbins, Arthur William Twiddv, Albert Wood, Thomas Patrick 
Moore, William J. Pearee; 79 — Duncan Campbell, John Dunham, Richard 
Leu is Ott, Leslie Martin Raiside, William C. Thornton, Thomas True, 
Edward Thornburrow; 80 — Allan Neil Campbell, Archie J. Smith, Sydney 
W. Brumpton, Arthur Wyville Morris, James J. Ashton, Abraham Law- 
rence; 82 — Samuel Bowie. Neil Russell Watson, Robert Bruce Bennett, 
Howard Beech, William Kerr; 90 — Gordon Travers Omand; 91 — George 
Frederick Barnes, Milton A. Dow: 94 — Horace Goodman, Harlev G. Hor- 
ton, George Wilfred Rathnell; 95 — Eil Landry, Ian William Davidson, 
Charles Duncan MacKinnon; 102 — William Arthur Sweetman, William 
Cambell Boynton, Boyde Morris Anderson McBurnie. Edward McDougail; 
103 — Robert Clarence Raycraft. Oaklev Tinson Smith; 113 — Thomas 
Mallett, CliVe Williams, Lome Clinton Bush. Jamps George Bruce Seak- 
ings, Malcolm Fletcher Chisholm, Robert McGillivary, Gordon Keays, 
Murray Miner, Howard Rose; 114 — Georee McLennan Gordon, Walter 
Percy Sexsmith, Harry A. Terrvberry: 116 — Frederick Vernard Moore; 
117— Gwilvm Tudno Jones. Cecil Camnbell, Jack Willard Marshall; 133— 
Gordon Fuller Gladden, Fenrv Smith: 135 — William Elmer Carnegie, 
Grant Norman Prentice: 138 — George Whipns, John Kenneth Smith: 150 
— George Wesley Hunking, Charles E. Keene. Geore-e Valentine Hubbe; 
151 — Henry Flens-el, John Andrew Jeffery; 153 — Arthur Thomas Bowen, 
John Bouman, Alexander Neil McPherson; 163* — James Alexander Mc- 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1964 107 

Bride, Ernest Mcluade, Gordon R. Mclntyre; 167— R. Euston Baxter; 169 
—Albert Bruce Hargrave, Archibald Kitchen, Vincent Michael Marks, 
Stanley Gibson Uttley, Alfred G. Caron, John Albert Thompson; 175— 
Robert Meldrum Soutar; 195— William Aubrey Robinson, Luther Pomeroy 
Emerson, William Franklyn McLean; 198— John Andrew Hughes, Robert 
B. S. Mainer, Hubert Ian Hauley, John William Sharp, George Mcintosh 
Evans, Alexander George Burbidge, Frederick A. Challenger, Charles 
Frederick Baker, Saxon R. Moore; 213— Peter A. McAuley, John Baxter, 
G. Douglas Hall; 217— Gardiner C. Fox; 221— Clarence H. Darling; 222— 
Salem Joseph Ayoub, Emerson Blair Pickthorne; 227 — Aubrey H. Coe, 
Glenn Charles Watson; 230— Woodrow Wilson Green; 232— Richard 
George Hinde, George Williams; 234— John Gray, Calvin Vanzant, Gerald 
McCrea, John Samuel Ireland, George Rowe, Bernard Dunning; 235 — Roy 
Allen Jennings, David Bradley; 240— W. A. White; 241— Roscoe Garnett 
Pollock, Edward Odgen, Stanley Geddes Burns; 243 — Louis Mauro, John 
William Haylock, Cyril Fairhurst, William Walker Oldfield; 245— 
Christian Rutenhouse; 249— Ralph McNeill Stuth, William Stuart Cotton; 
250 — Richard Kenneth Bulbie, Alex Brozdeikis, Edward Charles Shaw, 
John Henry Knighton, Roland Frederic Fenwick; 253 — Allan Wilbur 
Smith, William Douglas Ferguson, Donald Wright; 254 — Robert Kenneth 
Smith, James Martin Mainsworth, Jack Lawrence Logie; 257 — Cecil Wil- 
liam Procurnier, Russell Arthurs, Ernest Marsden, Lloyd James Somers; 
260' — Gordon Brown. 

DEMITS 

1 — Gordon H. Wylie, Albert Brooks, Edwin Latta, William O. Irvine, 
John Murray, Lewis Cole, James Dewar, Carl A. Orme, Charles H. Smith; 
2 — Eugene Horaczek, Howard Alexander Williams; 3 — Elvin M. Cole- 
man, Charles George Olivant, Gordon William Quinn, Harold Nickols; 4 
— Walter Hubbins, Fred Mason; 5 — Lee Arnold Cook, William Arthur 
Robertson, Wendell Henry Anderson, Daniel Hunter, Charles Graham 
Jarett, Harvey Stanley Joliffe, M. Pearen; 6 — Alexander L. Reid; 7 — 
Eugene Rose, Douglas Wesley Rendell, Robert Douglas Boyce; 8 — John 
D. Cuthbertson, William Kewn; 15 — Glen S. Tozer, Howard Leslie 
Humphrey, Donald Keith Buchanan, Louis Herr, William Henry Doyle, 
Stanley J. Norman, Karl E. Schlender, Rev. A. Blackwell; 16 — Richard C. 
Ramsden, Albert Martineau, Edward Nelson McLellan, J. Clarence Wail, 
William John Miller, Peter Frederick Cook, Leonard Kitchener Mee, Guy 
Walter Routcliffe, Robert Edey, Walter Robert Edwards, Jack Merret't 
Mead, A. G. E. Argue, Walter J. Cleary, Sturgis C. Cushman, Mathue 
McKinnon Salmond, Jonathon Malcolm McLean; 18 — Fred Derbyshire, 
Gordon Alexander Smith; 19 — William Sydney Thompson, William Chap- 
man Johnson, Donald S. Brisbin; 22 — Victor Foley; 23 — William S. Sea- 
ton; 24 — Maurice W. Andrew, Edmund Christian Skowby; 26 — William E. 
Meyers, Harry L. Hunt, Ambrose Smith, Arthur J. Maybee; 27 — Richard 
Gray; 28 — Donald Edsel Wilford Harris, Elmer Douglas Pollard; 29— 
George Samuel Mitchell, Roy John Tovey, Allan Hamilton McEachern, 
George Scott; 30^-Charles Allan Hardy: 31— Clifford Rowland Rich- 
mond, Henry Isvenco, Cyril Malcolm Welbanks; 36 — Russell Walter 
Carveth; 37 — Gerrard Darling, William George Box, Kenneth Jeffries; 40 
— Thomas Alfred Cable, Lloyd Gerald Kean. Jones Edward Nicholson, 
Evan Hartely Stevenson; 41 — Nelson Robert Oliver; 44 — William George 
Cotter, Wilfred Evan Crearar; 47 — Josenh Edward Montgomerv, Donald 
Howard Rowlings, Harry L. Russell, Melvin Donald Grant; '57 — John 
Jones King: 59 — Charles William Botton, Arnel Wilfred Pattenmore, 
Henry A. Hutley; 62 — Arthur Ernest Goss, Ernest C. Burrow, Robert 
Buchan Garden, William Smvth; 64— John E. Nelson; 65 — William 
Charles McLaughlin, Percv Egirton Ireland, Joseph Coffev Stone: 68 — 
John Malry Hich; 69— Halsburton Fonger; 76— Henry Charles Ellah, 



108 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

Philip Martin Chapman; 77 — Merton Samuel Clark, David Ryland Mc- 
Lachrie, Frank Geddes Locksley, George Hedley Bedford, James Cormack 
Ross, Albert John Greene Wilson, Percy Dalton Hilton, James Nichol; 79 
— Marcus Howard Drinkwalter, Keith 0. Manning, Charles Winney, 
Charles Arthur Bentley; 81 — Morgan Shively, Fred S. Shively, Ivan 
Meharg; 82 — Edwin Benjamin Ayer, Peter Robert Greenway, Alfred J. 
Ness; 83 — William David Thompson; 84 — William Knox, George L. 
Richards; 88 — John E. Hardey; 91 — Edwin Harris; 95 — William Otley, 
Harold Francis Mowat, John Edward Jones; 102 — John Nelson Pinder, 
Hans Rudolf Timmermann, Daniel James Rout, Norval Grant, Harold 
Elmer Phillips, John Orilla Coulter, Edward Hugh Longheed, Frederick 
Thomas Dwyer, John Edward Sanderson, George W. Haney; 103 — Hartley 
Trussler; 112— James Clifford Elliott, Shaler Heagle; 113 — Russell 
Bunker; 114 — Donald Jones Byers; 115 — George Victor Sitzer; 116 — 
John Gordon Woolley, William E. S. Root, Donald H. Menzies; 117— 
Harry David Barons, Robert Pritchard, Joseph Seville; 119 — Otis Albert 
Ives; 129^— Robert Alexander Ingram, John Paris; 132 — James Arnold 
Payton; 133— John N. Byington; 13*8— Thomas Easbit Ward, Garth El- 
wood Stewart, George Richard Marshall; 140 — Harold Arthur Burleigh, 
David Nelson Mitchell, Harold Lovelady, David Herbert Harris, James 
William Lunney, William Barclay; 145 — Wilfred G. Mills, Frank Russell 
Smith, Ninian MacMaster, Reginald Wright Hopper, Robert James Mc- 
Ilwraith, Theodore Gilbert Sequin, Herbert Theodore Dales, Edward A. 
Paulger; 146 — Kenneth Love, Stan Morris, Percy Raines; 150 — Raymond 
Morley; 151 — Percil Collins, Frank R. Mercer Jr., Stanley Hunt, George 
Patterson, W. A. Andrews; 153 — George Samuel Fox, Joseph Herdsman 
Garner, Geoffrey Frederick Clark; 161— Charles Clifford Watson; 167— 
William M. Ccrbett, John B. Whitfield; 168— Gordon Rothwell, George H. 
Hubbel, Albert E. Price; 175— Rothsay E. Clemens, Thomas Miller Con- 
ley; 195 — W. Alexander MacKenzie, George William Divell, Charles 
Robert Gladding, Alfred H. Pook; 198 — Arthur John Trumon, Elmer 
William O'Brien, Wilfred Alvin Sutcliffe, Francis Colenso Powell, Gar- 
nett E. Tait, Archie Allan McLean, Jack Edmund Shenton, William 
Robert Mcintosh; 212 — Philip Goldman, Irwin Guadman, Albert James 
Ross, Leonard R. Shapiro, Nuthon Sherwin, Harry A. Pike, Percy Wein- 
stein; 214 — Everitt Robinson; 217 — Thomas Richard Briscoe; 220 — Donald 
Wesley Smith, Howard Milton Stover; 222— Edward Fillburn Rice, Robert 
Frederick Farmer; 225 — George Steward Coutts, Harold Ernest Burgis, 
Victor Howard Ross, Frank Cyril Pickering, Robert Davidson Robertson, 
George P. Fairbank; 226 — Thomas Harold Cummings, Andrew Dickson, 
George Armstrong Meldrum, Walter Hogg; 227 — Frank Tucker; 231 — 
John Thomas Rose, Gordon Mitchell Miller, James Sim, Frank T. But- 
tinor; 232 — Edward Walter Newman, RobertWhite MacFarlane: 233— 
Robert O. Bachley, Reginald Harris, Robert M. Bachley; 234 — William 
Frankland Robinson, Walter Ridler, Norman Arthur Leo Herbert, George 
Ernest Sivill, Alfred Sykes; 235 — Elmer J. Henderson, Edward Howard 
McKinney; 238— Robert Barnes Hatelie, Allvn Ralph Fast; 239— Ivan 
Story; 241 — James Eric Work, Ford Andrew Murphv, George Alexander 
Phare, Thomas Ernest Coulby, Herbert A. McCall; 242— William Hayes, 
Kenneth Yates, Rolfe Weeks; 243— Robert Ivan Wilson, William Arthur 
Richmond; 246 — Merton Samuel Clark, George Albert English, Robert 
Caldwell Morrison; 249 — George Anson Walton, Charles Leonard Richards; 
250— William Anthony Hahn, Charles Maxwell Shaw, Ernest Dale, Clif- 
ford Sidebottom, Ernest Lloyd Bilton, Thomas Arthur McDonald, Leonard 
Kay, Harold W. Johnston: 252 — Horace Bertram Bazeley, A. Gordon 
Forbes, William A. Laird, Wilson V. Atmore; 253— Albert Blake; 254— 
William Grant, Rudolph Martin Schultz, Ronald Thompson, Percv Dent- 
rey; 257— Live Wilfred Hall, William McKay; 260— Samuel Merton 
Clark; 262— William Hean. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1964 109 

GRAND SUPERINTENDENTS 

ST. CLAIR DISTRICT No. 1 
R. Ex. Comp. Richard Thomas- Cadwallader, Eddys Mills, Ont. 

47 Wellington Chatham 119 King Cyrus Leamington 

71 Prince of Wales .. Amherstburg 153 Somba Wallaceburg 

73 Erie Ridgetown 164 Lome West Lome 

80 Ark Windsor 239 Blenheim Blenheim 

88 MacNabb Dresden 250 Thomas Peters Windsor 

LONDON DISTRICT No. 2 
R. Ex. Comp. Reginald Norris, 140 Alaunia St., London, Ont. 
3 St. John's London 81 Aylmer Aylmer 

5 St. George's London 150 London London 

15 Wawanosh Sarnia 214 Vimy Inwood 

53 Bruce Petrolia 238 The St. Andrew London 

54 Palestine St. Thomas 242 St. Paul's Lambeth 

74 Beaver Strathroy 247 Nilestown Nilestown 

78 Minnewawa Parkhill 252 Hiawatha Sarnia 

WILSON DISTRICT No. 3 
R. Ex. Comp. Frederick Lewis Grigg, 182 Head St. N., Simcoe, Ont. 

18 Oxford Woodstock 115 Brant Paris 

20 Mount Horeb Brantford 253 Regal Port Dover 

23 Ezra Simcoe 255 Tillsonburg ..Tillsonburg 

41 Harris Ingersoll 

WELLINGTON DISTRICT No. 4 

R. Ex. Comp. William Norman Hemphill, 706 Rockway Dr., Kitchener 

32 Waterloo Gait 218 Prince Edward Shelburne 

40 Guelph Guelph 221 Durham Durham 

67 Enterprise Palmerston 234 Halton Georgetown 

83 Ionic Orangeville 245 Preston Preston 

117 Kitchener Kitchener 

HAMILTON DISTRICT No. 5 
R. Ex. Comp. John Nelson Aldridge, R.R. No. 5, Cayuga, Ont. 
2 The Hiram Hamilton 175 The Hamilton Hamilton 

6 St. John's Hamilton 224 Keystone Hamilton 

75 St. Clair Milton 236 Caledonia Caledonia 

104 White Oak Oakville 243 McKay Stoney Creek 

155 Ancaster Ancaster 262 King David Burlington 

HURON DISTRICT No. 6 
R. Ex. Comp. James A. Mair, R.R. No. 5, Brussels, Ont. 

24 Tecumseh Stratford 84 Lebanon Wingham 

30 Huron Goderich 129 Elliott Mitchell 

46 St. James St. Marys 130 Chantry Southampton 

63 Havelock Kincardine 146 Bernard Listowel 

66 The Malloch Seaforth 147 Lucknow Lucknow 

NAGARA DISTRICT No. 7 
R. Ex. Comp. Wallace Edward Brown, Box 235, Virgil, Ont. 

19 Mount Moriah St. Catharines 69 Grimsby Grimsby 

29 McCallum Dunnville 76 Mount Nebo Niagara Falls 

55 Niagara Niagara-on-the-Lake 184 Hugh Murray Fort Erie N. 
57 King Hiram Port Colborne 240 Smithville Smithville 

64 Wilson Welland 



110 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

TORONTO EAST DISTRICT No. 8 
R. Ex. Comp. Otis Roy Roberts, 134 Old Orchard Grove, Toronto 12, Ont. 

4 St. Andrew & St. John Toronto 205 Victoria Thornhill 

8 King Solomon Toronto 217 St. Alban's Toronto 

62 York Toronto 225 Beaver Toronto 

65 St. Paul's Toronto 235 Aurora Aurora 

79 Orient Toronto 241 University Toronto 

135 Succoth Uxbridge 258 Tyrian Stouffville 

145 The St. Patrick Toronto 263 The Scarborough Scarborough 

163 The Beaches Toronto 

TORONTO WEST DISTRICT No. 8A 
R. Ex. Comp. Milton Gottlieb, 2 Fraserwood Ave., Apt. 2, Toronto 19, Ont. 

77 Occident Toronto 220 Lebanon Lambton Mills 

91 Toronto-Antiquity Toronto 230 Port Credit Port Credit 

138 Shekinah Toronto 231 The St. Clair Toronto 

195 Peel Brampton 232 King Cyrus : Toronto 

212 Mount Sinai Toronto 233 Oakwood Toronto 

215 Mimico Mimico 246 Humber Weston 

219 Ulster Toronto 260 Centennial Streetsvilie 

GEORGIAN DISTRICT No. 9 
R. Ex. Comp. John James Robins, 316 Second St., Midland, Ont. 

27 Manitou Collingwood 167 Kichikewana Midland 

34 Signet Barrie 1'98 Couchiching Orillia 

56 Georgian Owen Sound 261 Sequin Parry Sound 

131 Amabel Wiarton 

ONTARIO DISTRICT No. 10 
R. Ex. Comp. Ernest Robert Stafford, 312 Euclid St., Whitby, Ont. 

28 Pentalpha Oshawa 94 Midland Lindsay 

35 Keystone Whitby 110 Warkworth Warkworth 

36 Corinthian Peterborough 134 King Darius Canningtcn 

37 Victoria Port Hope 168 Ionic Campbellford 

45 Excelsior Colborne 249 Palestine Bowmanville 

48 St. John's Cobourg 

PRINCE EDWARD DISTRICT No. 11 
R. Ex. Comp. Elburne Zeran, Box 1110, Napanee, Ont. 

7 The Moira Belleville 72 Keystone Stirling 

26 St. Mark's Trenton 144 Presqu'ile Brighton 

31 Prince Edward Picton 161 Madoc Madoc 

44 Mount Sinai Napanee 227 Quinte Friendship Belleville 

ST. LAWRENCE DISTRICT No. 12 

R. Ex. Comp. Norman Gordon Maxwell Tuck, R.R. No. 1, Long Sault, Ont. 

1 Ancient Frontenac and 68 Maitland Kemptville 

Cataraqui Kingston 112 St. John's Morrisburg 

22 Grenville Prescott 113 Covenant Cornwall 

59 Sussex-St. Lawrence 132 Leeds Gananoque 

Brockville 

OTTAWA DISTRICT No. 13' 
R. Ex. Comp. Claude Vickers, 152 Breezehill Ave., Ottawa 3, Ont. 

16 Carleton Ottawa 148 St. John's Vankleek Hill 

61 Granite Almonte 151 Laurentian Pembroke 

114 Bonnechere Renfrew 210 Kitchener Russell 

116 Maple Carleton Place 222 Ottawa Ottawa 

133 St. Francis Smiths Falls 226 Prince of Wales Perth 

143 Glengarry Maxville 248 Dochert Arnprior 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1964 111 

ALGOMA DISTRICT No. 14 
R. Ex. Comp. Victor Kitchener Croxford, Box 220, Rainy River, Ont. 

82 Shuniah Port Arthur 152 Alberton Fort Frances 

90 Golden Kenora 254 Golden Star Dryden 

140 Fort William Fort William 259 Quetico Atkokan 

149 Ttwood Rainy River 

NEW ONTARIO DISTRICT No. 15 
R. Ex. Comp. Kenneth Reginald Shore, 135 Mead Blvd., Espanola, Ont. 

95 Tuscan Sudbury 103 St. John's ....North Bay 

102 Algonquin Sau.lt Ste. Marie 257 Espanola Espanola 

TEMASKAMING DISTRICT No. 16 
R. Ex. Comp. Arthur E. Humphries, 289 Belleview St., Timmins, Ont. 

169 Temiskaming New Liskeard 223' Abitibi Iroquois Falls 

213 Northern Lights- Timmins 251 Kirkland Kirkland Lake 

CHAIRMEN OF 
MASONIC INSTRUCTION COMMITTEES 

ST. CLAIR DISTRICT No. 1 

R. Ex. Comp. R. A. Willett, Box 340, Wheatley, Ont. 

LONDON DISTRICT No. 2 

Ex. Comp. Ralph Neely, Nilestown, Ont. 

WILSON DISTRICT No. 3 

V. Ex. Comp. George L. Nutt, 516 Fair St., Woodstock, Ont. 

WELLINGTON DISTRICT No. 4 

R. Ex. Comp. G. H. Shannon, 30 Spetz St., Kitchener, Ont. 

HAMILTON DISTRICT No. 5 

V. Ex. Comp. Ed. M. Marshall, Apt. 11, 137 Emerald St., Hamilton, Ont. 

HURON DISTRICT No. 6 

V. Ex. Comp. John Bach, Seaforth, Ont. 

NIAGARA DISTRICT No. 7 

R .Ex. Comp. Don Winn, 39 Oakridge Cres., Port Colborne, Ont. 

TORONTO EAST DISTRICT No. 8 
R. Ex. Comp. C. M. Platten, 52 Donegal Drive, Toronto 17, Ont. 

TORONTO WEST DISTRICT No. 8A 

R. Ex. Comp. H. W. Clark, 91 Sheppard Ave., Willowdale, Ont. 

GEORGIAN DISTRICT No. 9 

Ex. Comp. David P. Low, 696-4th Ave. E., Owen Sound, Ont. 

ONTARIO DISTRICT No. 10 

V. Ex. Comp. F. M. Warren, 720 Walkerfield Ave., Peterborough, Ont. 

PRINCE EDWARD DISTRICT No. 11 

R. Ex. Comp. James A. Payton, 82 Dundas St. E., Trenton, Ont. 

ST. LAWRENCE DISTRICT No. 12 

R. Ex. Comp. H. D. Hyndman, Box 142, Kemptville, Ont. 

OTTAWA DISTRICT No. 13 

R. Ex. Comp. H. T. C. Humphries, 53 Clegg St., Ottawa, Ont. 

ALGOMA DISTRICT No. 14 

Ex. Comp. W. H. Cheetham, 374 Morse St., Port Arthur, Ont. 

NEW ONTARIO DISTRICT No. 15 

Ex. Comp. William McKee, 19 Churchill St., Creighton Mines, Ont. 

TEMISKAMING DISTRICT No. 16 

R. Ex. Comp. Howard T. Beaton Sr., Twin Falls, Iroquois Falls, Ont. 



112 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

FIRST PRINCIPALS— 1964 

Chapter 

1 W. D. Johnston, 45 Aberdeen St., Kingston 

2 John Jarvie, 73 Harrison Ave. E., Hamilton 

3 Edward Andrews, 744 Headley Dr., London 

4 B. Garnett, 48 Grenoble Dr., Don Mills 

5 D. Keith Radcliffe, 25 Magee St., London 

6 Alexander John Wilson, 114 Clarendon Ave., Hamilton 

7 Garth McCreary, 21 Craig St., Belleville. 

8 Gerald R. Plumpton, Apt. 601, 1765 Lawrence Ave. E., Scarborough 

15 Ellery L. Smith, 738 London Rd., Sarnia 

16 Gordon Saunders, 2062 Saunderson Dr., Ottawa 

18 Lome C. Currah, Hickson 

19 Fred Chess, 23 Lancaster St., St. Catharines 

20 Gordon F. Perry, 116 Hatton Dr., Ancaster 

22 Robert R. Laushway, Prescott 

23 G. R. Munn, R.R. No. 3, Simcoe 

24 William J. Neely, 38 Hibernia St., Toronto 

26 Walter George Scott, 17 Lome Ave., Trenton 

27 Ernest Douthwaite, R.R. No. 4, Stayner 

28 Victor Hollis Edwart Hulatt, 1138 Cedar St., Oshawa 

29 Ewart Cass, 108 Broad St., Dunville 

30 William G. Treble, R.R. No. 5, Goderich 

31 Clarence Brummell, R.R. No. 1, Cherry Valley 
3'2 William B. Murphy, 104 Blair Rd., Gait 

34 F. C. Green, Shanty Bay 

35 David McKeag, 303 Anderson St., Whitby 

36 J. H. Harris, 1212 Monagham Rd., Peterborough 

37 Benson Spicer, 195 Victoria St. N., Port Hope 

40 George Everett Milner, 15 Gladstone Ave., Guelph 

41 Dennis Tullett, 136 Emery St. W., London 

44 C. G. Sexsmith, R.R. No. 3, Napanee 

45 Rudolph A. Chapman, Colborne 

46 David Ecley, St. Marys 

47 Howard Williston, 247 Grand Ave. E., Chatham 

48 Donald J. Hare, R.R. No. 5, Cobourg 

53 Norman Logan, Petrolia 

54 Dr. Clinton A. Bell, Port Stanley 

55 W. A. Greaves, R.R. No. 1, Niagara-on-the-Lake 

56 D. R. Speir, 1379-7th Ave. W., Owen Sound 

57 G. S. MacDonald, 179 Charlotte St., Port Colborne 
59 T. Parkin, 26 Abbott St., Brockville 

61 Robert A. Young, R.R. No. 3, Almonte 

62 D. B. Filsinger, 38 Shediac Rd., Toronto 

63 C. G. Cottrill, Kincardine 

64 E. A. Lee, 235 Thorold Rd. W., Welland 

65 Reginald A. A. Dorrell, 135 Glengrove Ave. W., Toronto 12 

66 Keith Sharp, Seaforth 

67 Roy Robinson, Palmerston 

68 E. B. Dangerfield, R.R. No. 5, Kemptville 

69 Robert Earl Miller, Box 248, Beamsville 

71 Horace Clements, Box 472, Essex 

72 Robert W. Philip, R.R. No. 4, Stirling 

73 Harvey Smith, Morpeth 

74 R. G. Patterson, R.R. No. 1, Kerwood 

75 Frank Chisholm, Hornby 

76 Herbert Murray, 2165 North St., Niagara Falls 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1964 113 

77 John Hutton, 40 Ellerbeck Ave., Toronto 

78 Bruce Dixon, R.R. No. 3, Parkhill 

79 Edward S. McDougall, 32 Par Ave., Scarboro 

80 Hugh McLachlan, 953 Riverside Dr. W., Windsor 

81 Reginald McKie, 11 Forest Ave., Aylmer 

82 W. A. Cheetham, 236 Egan St., Port Arthur 
83' Herbert Reeve, 3 Church St., Orangeville 
84 Laurie Cousins, Brussels 

88 Grant Brandon, Dresden 

90 Rev. J. W. Whitford, 623-lst St. S., Kenora 

91 E. J. Brown, 47 Down Patrick Cres., Weston 

92 Everett G. Scott, 18 Pottinger St., Lindsay 

95 John Henry Vanderburg, 663 Spruce St., Sudbury 

102 E. J. Powell, 1038 B Wellington St. E., Sault Ste. Marie 

103 A. J. Scott, 343 Duke St. W., North Bay 

104 Sterling R. Amos, 295 Rebecca St., Oakville 
110 Elmer G. McKee, Warkworth 

112 Richard H. Hodgson, Morrisburg 

113 James- Barlow, 810 Amelia St., Cornwall 

114 John New, Haley 

115 George Hamilton, R.R. No. 3, Ayr 

116 Edwin M. James, Charlotte St., Carleton Place 

117 John Prentice, 22 Cardill St., Waterloo 

119 Hubert Mills, 109 Summerside Ave., Chatham 

129 William Harold Cheoros, Mitchell 

130 Ross De Tong, Southampton 

131 Ross Taylor, Lions Head 

132 Harry S. Truman, Tonsdowns 

133 G. P. Marshall, 25 McEwen St., Smiths Falls 

134 Ray Imhoff, Cannington 

135 M. D. Feasby, R.R. No. 1, Uxbridge 

138 George Fillingham, 52 Wainfleet Rd., Scarborough 
140 George A. Pape, 512 E. Mary St., Fort William 

143 Keith C. Franklin, R.R. No. 1, Maxville 

144 George Thomson, Young St., Brighton 

145 T. H. W. Salmon, 21 Barberry Place, Willowdale 

146 Elmer Johnston, R.R. No. 1, Atwood 

147 Gordon Montgomery, Lucknow 

148 C. E. T. Cotton, R.R. No. 2, Hawkesbury 

149 A. Warnick, Rainy River 

150 Thomas W. I. Gibson, 197 Bridport St., London 

151 Lloyd C. Phillips 

152 R. A. Cumming, 810-3rd St. E., Fort Frances 

153 Albert Eagleson, 43"0 Nelson St., Wallaceburg 
155 John H. Calder, R.R. No. 3, Glanford Station 
161 Gerald Keller, Madoc 

163 R. W. Baxter, 3269 Lawrence Ave. E., Toronto 

164 William Melnvk, Rooney 

167 Norman Stanley Hacker, 310 Second St., Midland 

168 Harold Milne, Campbellford 

169 Edward Cleveland Rudd, Probyn St., Haileybury 
175 Ronald Barty, 41 Gilmour Place, Hamilton 

184 Thomas McHugh, 116 Jarvis St., Fort Erie 

195 M. Clark. 6 McCaul St., Brampton 

198 William Lang Patterson, 259 Mississauga St. W., Orillia 



114 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

205 Harold Kirby, 292; Horsham Ave., Willowdale 
210; G. H. Potter, Winchester 

212 Samuel Tenenbaum, 3905 Bathurst St., Apt. 210, Downsview 

213 H. H. Redder, 313 Tamarack St., Timmins- 

214 Stuart White, R.R. No. 3, Oil City 

215 G. C. Mercer, 4011 Bloor St. W., Toronto 18 

217 Edward L. Coomber, 197 Rumsey Rd., Toronto 

218 Robert Clark, Shelburne 

219 George M. Miller, 363 Blue Grass Blvd., Richmond Hill 

220 Percy McGregor, 12 Moranda Dr., Toronto 15 

221 Wilfred Crerar, Walkerton 

222 C. C. Dale, 65 Harvey St., Ottawa 1 

223 William D. Harkins, Iroquois Falls 

224 George Plester, Box 26, R.R. No. 3, Hannen 

225 Cyril Woods, 167 Roxborough St. W., Toronto 

226 John R. Jordan, R.R. No. 4, Perth 

227 Carmen Guest, 121 Orchard Dr., Belleville 

230 Thomas McFarlane, 1458 Cawthra Rd., Port Credit 

231 Douglas B. Ware, 13 Kitchener Ave., Toronto 
23'2 Eric Barber, 142 Glenvale Ave., Toronto 17 
233 Roy Griffin, 26 Blithfield Ave., Willowdale 
2,34 Edwin Hall, 16 Margaret St., Georgetown 

235 Robert Brown, Vandorf 

236 Edward Stubbs, R.R. No. 2, Caledonia 

238 Joseph Hessey, 510 Second Concession Rd., London 

239 Peter Paisiovich, Talbot St., Blenheim, Ont. 
240! L. T. Vail, R.R. No. 2, Beamsville 

241 F. P. Oliver, 243 Dewhurst Blvd., Toronto 6 

242 James Arthur Jackson, 15 Orchard St., London 

243 Glenn E. Hyland, 221 King St. E., Stoney Creek 

245 Robert Wright, New Dundee 

246 A. Douglas, 128 Santa Barbara Rd., Willowdale 

247 J. Ford Steadman, 15 Cliftonvale Ave., London 

248 W. S. Tearle, 15-lst Ave., Arnprior 

249 W. Mansell Stacey, Box 1053 Bowmanville 

250 Norman Spence, 734 Kildare Rd., Windsor 

251 Charles S. Green, Macassa Property 

252 Thomas W. Huggins, 512 Ernest St., Point Edward 

253 J. P. Atherton, Port Dover 

254 Clarence Merkell, Box 473, Dryden 

255 Donald Dean, R.R. No. 6, Tillsonburg 

257 Roy Marshall, 18 Castle St., Massey 

258 T. Buckley, 298 Bayfield St., Apt. 5, Barrie 

259 Fred A. Loverin, Box 1176, Atikikan 

260 Charles M. Stewart, 10 Main St., Streetsville 

261 S. M. Jackson, Box 174, Bala 

262 James Brownlie, 79 Cameron Ave. S., Hamilton 

263 William S. Wright, 11 Oriole Parkway, Toronto 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1964 115 

SCRIBES E. OF CHAPTERS, 1964 

1 Ancient Frontenac and Cataraqui— R. H. Seymour, 3 Third Ave., 
Kingston 

2 The Hiram— E. M. Marshall, Apt. 11, 137 Emerald St., S., Hamilton 

3 St. John's — Chas. G. Smuck, 20 Thornton Ave., London 

4 The St. Andrew and St. John — K. L. Bellamy, 57 Williamson Rd., 
Toronto 13 

5 St. George's — J. A. Kennedy, 1601 Stoneybrook Cres., London 

6 St. John's— F. Scott, 41 Fairfield Ave. N., Hamilton 

7 The Moira — S. H. Lennox, 265 Bleecker Ave., Belleville 

8 King Solomon's— Gordon McCcnnell, 30 Rolph Rd., Toronto 17 
16 Carleton— Stuart Gilmoar, Apt. 603, 196 Metcalfe St., Ottawa 

18 Oxford — Dennis A. Ward, 41 Kensington St., Woodstock 

19 Mount Moriah — A. Omer, 52 Linden St., St. Catharines 

20 Mount Horeb— R. W. E. McFadden, 4 Hart St., Brantford 

22 Grenville — G. R. Drummond, Spencerville 

23 Ezra— W. J. Thompson, 6 Queen St. S., Simcoe 

24 Tecumseh— George S. Atkins, 257 Ontario St., Stratford 

26 St. Mark's — G. L. Thompson, 6 Bowen Ave., Trenton 

27 Manitou— John E. Hughes-, 290 St. Paul St., Collingwood 

28 Pentalpha— W. R. Jones, 367 Garden Court, Oshawa 

29 McCallum— F. R. Martin, 421 Pine St., Dunnville 

30 Huron — Melborn W. Cox, 244 Cameron St., Goderich 

31 Prince Edward— F. R. Greatrix, Box 882, Picton 

32 Waterloo— G. J. Johnson, 55 Lansdowne Rd. S., Gait 

34 Signet— J. M. Lindsay, 17 Oak St., Barrie 

35 Keystone — L. F. Lindsay, 17 Oak St., Barrie 

36 Corinthian — D. Miller, 312 Boswell Ave., Peterborough 

37 Victoria— C. P. McElroy, 80 Strachan St., Port Hope 

40 Guelph— O. T. Flint, 22 Estra St., Guelph 

41 Harris — L. L. Mansfield, Box 815, Ingersoll 
44 Mount Sinai — E. Zeran, Box 1110, Napanee 
4>5 Excelsior — R. E. F. Pacey, Coiborne 

46 St. James— G. W. Muma, St. Marys 

47 Wellington — H. D. Paulucci, 47 Wilson Ave., Chatham 

48 St. John's— Eric W. Niles, 140 Brook Rd., Cobourg 

53 Bruce— R. M. Story, 450 Greenfield St., Petrolia 

54 Palestine— K. S. Woodward, 45 Redan St., St. Thomas 

55 Niagara — E. W. Aldridge, 6 Youngblut Ave., St. Catharines 

56 Georgian— C. J. Baxendale, 142-3rd St. A W., Owen Sound 

57 King Hiram— L. L. Doan, 803 Elm St., Port Coiborne 

59 Sussex-St. Lawrence — J. G. Ruston, 164 James St. E., Brockville 

61 Granite — John H. McLaughlan, Box 733, Almonte 

62 York— H. A. Armstrong, 1102 Avenue Rd., Toronto 12 

63 Havelock — H. J. Norman. Kincardine 

64 Willson— J. C. L. McKeant, 42 Alexander Ave., Welland 

65 St. Paul's— W. E. Jackson, 42 Bywood Dr., Toronto 18 

66 The Malloch— Austin E. Matheson, Box 487, Seaforth 

67 Enterprise — Lawrence E. Morphy, Box 188, Palmerston 

68 Maitland— Cecil D. Beckett, Kemptville 

69 Grimsby — W. Fairbrother, Box 674, Beamsville 

71 Prince of Wales— R. Chas. Brushett, Box 68, Essex 

72 Keystone— T. W. Beatty, R.R. 3, Frankford 

73 Erie— T. E. Armstrong, Box 326, Ridgetown 

74 Beaver— A. W. Holt, Box 243, Strathroy 

75 St. Clair— Edwin Harrop, R. R. 5, Milton 

77 Occident— Clifford Aikins, 111 Elmer Ave., Toronto 6 



116 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

78 Minnewawa— Chas. J. Fox, R. R. 7, Parkhill 

79 Orient — E. Alexander, 101 Chelwood Rd., Searboro 

80 Ark— C. W. Flett, 422 Askin Blvd., Windsor 

81 Aylmer— L. A. Matlack, 55 Pine St. W., Aylmer 

82 Shuniah— S. H. Green, 669 Red River Rd., Port Arthur 

93 Ionic— C. W. Easson, 74 John St., Orangeville 
84 Lebanon — Alex Corrigan, R.R. 1, Bluevale 
88 MacNabb— H. Dunlop, R.R. 6, Dresden 

90 Golden— W. F. Piercy, 623-lst St. S., Kenora 

91 Toronto-Antiquity— A. Geary, 73 Shanly St. Toronto 4 

94 Midland — L. A. Gilkinson, 2 Wellington St., Lindsay 

95 Tuscan— P. A. Coates, 107 Pine St., Sudbury 

102 Algonquin— E. C. Price, 65 Spruce St., Sault Ste. Marie 

103 St. John's— W. L. Brown, 1040 Front St., North Bay 

104 White Oak— E. A. Wood, R.R. 2, Milton 
110 Warkworth — William G. Taylor, Warkworth 

112 St. John's — Earl J. McDougal, Box 215, Morrisburg 

113 Covenant— R. A. Young, 2:14 Pitt St., Apt. 1, Cornwall 

114 Bonnechere — H. Young — 137 Raglan St. N., Renfrew 

115 Brant— H. J. Broughton, Box 402, Paris 

116 Maple— Walter W. Whyte, Box 646, 15 Lake Ave., Carleton Place 

117 Kitchener- — William E. James, 276 Margaret Ave., Kitchener 
119 King Cyrus— R. A. Willett, Box 340 Wheatley 

129 Elliott— E. J. Hingst, Box 42, Mitchell 

130 Chantry— W. H. Gorrell, Box 1O0, Port Elgin 

131 Amabel— Orville Greig, Box 356, Wiarton 

132 Leeds — F. H. Sceviour, Gananoque 

133 St. Francis— C. A. Bailey, 29 Glen Ave., Smiths Falls 

134 King Darius — L. G. Parliament, Cannington 

135 Succoth— H. V. Watson, 27 Main St., Uxbridge 
138 Shekinah — P. James, 12 Beacham Cres., Agincourt 
140 Fort William— F. LeGassick, Box 142, Fort William 

143 Glengarry— C. B. McDermid, Box 23'2, Maxville 

144 Presqu'ile — F. Gibbons, Kingsley Ave., Brighton 

145 The St. Patrick— J. Rainey, 49 Finch Ave. W., Willowdale 

146 Bernard — G. R. E. McKechnie, 740 Richmond Ave. N., Listowel 

147 Lucknow — A. Hughes, R.R. 3, Holyrood 

148 St. John's— M. J. McLeod, 485 Smerdon St., Hawkesbury 

149 Atwood — W. B. Warner, Rainey River 

150 London — John N. Duffy, 1245 Wilton Ave., London 

151 Laurentian — Lorn A. Schultz, 291 Doran St., Pembroke 

152 Alberton— D. C. Baldwin, 329 Nelson St., Fort Frances 

153 Sombra — J. Burnett, 444 Duncan St., Wallaceburg 
155 Ancaster — G. Penny, R.R. 2, Ancaster 

161 Madoc — D. Kernohan, Box 519, Madoc 

163 The Beaches — D. C. Armstrong, 4 Fairford Ave., Toronto 8 

164 Lome, C. L. Shaw, West Lome 
1.67 Kichikewana — 211 King St., Midland 

168 Ionic— William H. Brady, 32A Front St., N., Campbellford 

169 Temiskaming — W. A. Bowman, Box 763 New Liskeard 

175 The Hamilton — James H. Rogers, 254 West Second St., Hamilton 

184 Hugh Murray— William Rostrcn, 38 Phipps St., Fort Erie 

195 Peel — M. G. Williamson, Snelgrove 

198 Couchichinqr — M. A. MacDonald, Box 1, Forest Ave., Orillia 

205 Victoria— G. J. Hall, 18 Kingsdale Ave., Willowdale 

210 Kitchener— W. Stanley. Box 10, Russell 

212 Mount Sinai— A. Fox, 21 Tichester Rd., Apt. 401, Toronto 10 

213 Northern Lights— R. F. Dewar, 385 Patricia Blvd., Timmins 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1964 117 

214 Vimy— B. A. Russell, Park St., Inwood 

215 Mimico— G. H. Walker, 57- 10th St. No. 6, Toronto 14 

217 St. Albans'— W. J. Webber, 24 Florida Cres., Weston 

218 Prince Edward — H. Emrick, Hornings Mills 

219 Ulster— A. Blissitt, Locust Hill 

220 Lebanon— William M. Creech, 4245 Dundas St. W., Toronto 18 

221 Durham— H. C. McKechnie, Box 10, Durham 

222 Ottawa— A. M. Merritt, 312 Parnell Ave., Ottawa 3 

223 Abitibi— H. A. Jones, Box 125, Iroquois Falls 

224 Keystone— J. H. Williams, 20 Searle St., Hamilton 

225 Beaver — J. Broadfoot, 15 Hazelwood Ave., Toronto 6 

226 Prince of Wales— L. V. Wood, Box 197, R.R. 3, Perth 

227 Quinte Friendship — Mont Barlow, 285 George St., Belleville 

230 Port Credit— J. W. Arnold, 596 Exbury Cres., Port Credit 

231 The St. Clair— A. W. Johnson, 9 Crown Hill Place, Toronto 13 

232 King Cyrus— William D. Harrison, 270 Oak Park Ave., Toronto 13 
23*3 Oakwood — J. Wood, 63 Lynvalley Cres., Scarboro 

234 Halton — Jack Addy, 11 Arietta St., Georgetown 

235 Aurora — E. J. Eveleigh, 43 Cormaught Ave., Aurora 
235 Caledonia— E. C. Reid. 29 Argyle St., Caledonia 

238 The St. Andrew — A. V. Sedgwick, 194A Duchess Ave., London 

239 Blenheim— E. B. Fryer, 50 Talbot St., Blenheim 

240 Smithville— E. A. Griffin, R.R. 3, Smithville 

241 University— E. Pickles, 101 Gledhill Ave., Toronto 13 

242 St. Paul's— E. K. Daniel, 79 Broadway St., Lambeth 

243 McKay— J. H. Lee, 10 Second Ave. S., Stoney Creek 

245 Preston— A. Jefkins, 843 Vine St., Preston 

246 Humber-^I. M. Bremner, 1244 Jane St., Toronto 15 

247 Nilestown — G. M. Kirkpatrick, 381 Vancouver St., London 

248 Dochert— G. R. Clarke, Box 724, Arnprior 

249 Palestine — H. G. Freeman, Box 719. Bowmanville 

250 Thomas Peters — Walter Hockney, 3530' Dominion Blvd., Windsor 

251 Kirkland — William Allan, 57 McKelvie Ave., Kirkland Lake 

252 Hiawatha— R. Harshaw, 623 Highbury Park, Sarnia 

253 Regal— E. S. Ford, Box 698, Port Dover 

254 Golden Star— J. H. Gibson, Box 174, Dryden 

255 Tillsonburg— C. Swatridge, R. R. 2, Courtland 

257 Espanola — A. J. Higgins, Box 255. Espanola 

258 Tyrian— E. F. Short, R.R. 2, Markham 

259 Quetico— Wilbert H. Calder, Box 837, Atikokan 

260 Centennial— V. W. Newman. 154 Thomas St., Streetsville 

261 Seguin— J. E. Simms, Box 482, 2 James St., Parrv Sound 

262 King David, J. E. Richardson. 433 Main St. W., Hamilton 

263 The Scarborough — H. P. Hopkinson, 38 Calumet Cres., Scarborough 



118 



GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 



Grand First Principals - of the Grand Chapter of Canada in 
Province of Ontario from 1857 to 1964 



*W. M. Wilson 1857 

*Thompson Wilson 1858 

*T. D. Harington 1859 60 

*John C. Franck 1861-2 

*T. D. Harington 1863-4-5-6 

*o ^ TT 7-8-9-70-1 

*b. B. Harmon 1872 

*C. D. Macdonell 1873 

*Jas. Seymour 1874 

*L. H. Henderson 1875-6 

*F. J. Menet 1877-8 

^Daniel Spry 1879-80 

♦Donald Ross 1881-2 

*H. Macpherson 1883-4 

*S h S S ^ ar # ant 188 5"6 

*Rob. Hendry Jr 1887 

•R. B. Hungerford 1888-9 

* J- J- Mason 1890-1 

*J. E. Harding 1892-3 

* J. Ross Robertson 1894-5 

*M. Walsh 1896-7-8 

*S m - ft ,? eid 1899-1900 

♦Wm. Gibson 1901-2 

*A. Shaw 1903-4 

♦William Roaf 1905-6 

*John Leslie 1907-8 

♦George Moore 1909-10 

*Fred W. Harcourt 1911-2 



*Daniel F. MacWatt 1913-4 

*Wm. S. R. Murch 1915-6 

*A. S. Gorrell, M.D 1917-8 

*Wm. N. Ponton 1919-20 

*H. S. Griffin, M.D 1921 

*Richard H. Spencer 1922-3 

♦Walter H. Davis 1924-5 

*Kenneth J. Dunstan 1926-7 

♦Edwin Smith 1928-9 

♦Walter G. Price, D.D.S. . 1930-1 

♦Chas. W. Haentschel, M.D. 1932-3 

♦Alexander Cowan 1934 

♦George L. Gardner 1935-6 

♦Wm. Y. Mills 1937-8 

♦Llewellyn F. Stephens 1939-40 

♦John M. Empey 1941-2 

John M. Burden 1943-4 

Reginald V. Conover 1945-6 

Frederick W. Dean 1947-8 

Clarence MacL. Pitts . . 1949-50 

Alexander G. N. Bradshaw 1951-2 

♦John A. M. Taylor 1953-4 

John L. House 1955-6 

Maurice A. Searle 1957-8 

Bruce H. Smith 1959-60 

Charles W. Emmett 1961-2 

Fraser Hay, M.D 1963-4 



Honorary Past Grand First Principals and others of the Grand 
Chapter of Canada in the Province of Ontario 



Elected 

♦Henry Robertson 1888 

♦Kivas Tully 1891 

♦Hugh Murray 1903 

♦Harry H. Watson 1909 

*E. T. Malone 1919 



Elected 

♦A. T. Freed 1920 

♦Sir John M. Gibson 1922 

♦Roderick B. Dargavel 1941 

Melville S. Gooderham 1957 

Reginald J. Lewis 1964 



The Rt. Hon. The Earl of Galloway, Scotland — Grand Z. 1958. 
R. Ex. Comp. Sir George Boag, England — Hon. Past Grand Supt. 1958. 
R. Ex. Comp. William A. Laird, Scotland— Hon. Past Grand Scribe E. 1958. 
R. Ex. Comp. William H. Sweeting, Victoria, Australia — Hon. Past Grand Prin. 
Soj. 1953. 



Grand Scribes E. of the Grand Chapter of Canada in the 
Province of Ontario 



*Thomas B. Harris 1857-1873 

*R. P. Stephens 1874-1875 

*Daniel Spry 1876-1877 

♦David McLellan 1878-1891 

♦Thomas Sargent 1892-1898 

♦Deceased 



♦George J. Bennett 1899-1915 

♦Henry T. Smith 1916-1928 

♦Edwin Smith 1929-1949 

Fred J. Johnson 1949-1959 

Maurice A. Searle 1960-1961 

Robert J. Hamilton 1962-1964 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1964 119 

GRAND REPRESENTATIVES OURS 

AT GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA IN PROVINCE OF ONTARIO 
Grand Chapter Name Residence 

Alabama Robert N. McElhinney . . 69 Fuller Avenue, Toronto 3 

Alberta R. V. E. Conover Box 207, Brampton 

Argentina Dr. Fraser Hay 165 Victoria Ave. N., Listowel 

Arizona Percy W. Rogers 144 Geoffrey Street, Toronto 3 

Arkansas J. Howard Coleman . . . 104 Lincoln Park Ave., Sarnia 

British Columbia John A. Mackie 10 Reigate Road, Toronto 18 

California Don Calder R.R. 1, Brooklin 

Colorado Dr. Chas. B. Parker 149 South Drive, Toronto 5 

Connecticut Dr. L. Noble Armstrong 185 Brock St., Kingston 

Delaware Wm. J. Grierson 161 Eglinton Ave. E., Toronto 12 

Dist. of Columbia. B. H. Smith 169 Dufferin Ave., Belleville 

Florida M. S. Gooderham 244 Inglewood Drive, Toronto 7 

France George A. Phillips 39 Daniel St., Smiths Falls 

Georgia E. T. Querney 321 Laura Ave., Sudbury 

Idaho J. Sinclair 174 Dahlia Ave., Ottawa 

Illinois J. W. Woodland 595 St. Clair Ave. W., Toronto 10 

Indiana A. L. Tinker 28 Anderson Street, Toronto 7 

Iowa Carroll E. Griffin 358 Thorold Road West, Welland 

Ireland R. W. E. McFadden 4 Hart Street, Brantford 

Kansas A. P. Goering 72 Amelia Street, Hamilton 

Kentucky Rev. A. S. H. Cree Leamington 

Louisiana Jos. Carson 689 Colborne Street, London 

Maine M. Roy Anderson ... 333 Bleeker Street, Belleville 

Manitoba Percival S. Jannison ... 633 Albert St. E., Sault Ste. Marie 

Maryland Frank Todd 3000 Yonge St., Toronto 

Massachusetts A. J. Stringer 101 MacLean Ave., Toronto 8 

Michigan Fred W. Dean 244 Holton Ave. South, Hamilton 

Minnesota F. Carl Ackert 1 Lincoln Avenue, Gait 

Mississippi H. T. C. Humphries 53 Clegg Street, Ottawa 

Missouri C. Percy Eagles 46 Quebec Street, Midland 

Montana David Harcus 1523 Walsh St., Fort William 

Nebraska A. V. Roy Box 57, Napanee 

Netherlands Chas. A. Batt 16 Holloway St., Belleville 

Nevada . . V. L. Mutton 2 Regal Road, Toronto 

New Brunswick . A. Cavanagh 619 Wallace St., London 

New Hampshire . N. M. Sprague Trenton 

New Jersey G. H. Shannon 30 Spetz Street, Kitchener 

New Mexico . J. A. Kennedy 1601 Stoneybrook Cr. N., London 

New South Wales Fred J. Johnson 400 Lake Promenade, Toronto 14 

New York . . . John M. Burden 126 Old Orchard Grove, Toronto 12 

New Zealand Dr. J. Austin Evans ... 309 Avenue Road, Toronto 7 

North Carolina .. Benjamin S. Scott 9 Prospect Avenue, London 

North Dakota . . . Leslie J. Colling 93 Park Rd. N., Grimsby 

Nova Scotia C. M. Pitts 2 Mill Street, Ottawa 4 

Ohio A. G. N. Bradshaw 655 Waterloo Street, London 

Oklahoma R. J. Hamilton 69 Rathburn Rd., Islington 

Oregon Wm. E. Treganza 920 Mercer Avenue, Windsor 

Pennsylvania John L. House 14 Pearson Avenue, Toronto 13 

Philippines Chas. W. Emmett 27 Colwood Rd., Islington 

Quebec Maurice A. Searle 1555 Queen St. E., Apt. 501, 

Toronto 8 

Queensland Neil A. MacEachern Waterloo 

Rhode Island E. H. Brennan Leamington 

Saskatchewan J. E. Girven 581 Weller Street, Peterborough 

Scotland Andrew F. Tannahill ... 5 Oaklawn Gdns., Apt. B, Toronto 7 

South Carolina . . . Herb F. Thomson 69 Clarence Street, Kingston 

South Dakota J. C. Day R.R. 1, Brimley Rd. N., Agincourt 

Switzerland L. B. Morrison 252 Briar Hill Rd., Toronto 

Tennessee Chas. Fotheringham 436 Krug Street, Kitchener 

Texas Allan C. Mason 65 Hohner Avenue, Kitchener 

Utah Lloyd B. Gillespie 410 Eden Avenue, Ottawa 

Vermont Norman Farrington Niagara Parkway, Queenston 

Victoria Alex Wishart 327 Simcoe St., Woodstock 

Virginia John J. Carpenter 15 Cornelia Street, Smiths Falls 

Washington Reginald J. Lewis 421 St. Clarens Avenue, Toronto 4 

Western Australia Everett C. Wood 142 N. Front Street, Belleville 

West Virginia ... W. H. Sargent Listowel 

Wisconsin Dr. S. Perlman 353 Bathurst Street, Toronto 2B 

Wyoming George Shute 426 Cartier Avenue, Sudbury 



120 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

GRAND REPRESENTATIVES 

FROM GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA IN PROVINCE OF CANADA 

Grand Chapter Name Residence 

Alabama Walter F. Estes 531-19th N., Birmingham 

Alberta J. D. O'Dell Edmonton 

Arizona Harold J. Fulton 627 W. Central St., Coolidge 

Argentina R. W. Haxell 3355 Sucre, Buenos Aires 

Arkansas L. W. Williams Box 105, Osceola 

British Columbia A. R. Byrnell 1375 Kamloops St., Vancouver 

California Angus L. Cavanagh 2032 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles 

Colorado E. L. Bartholick 414 Equitable Bldg., Denver 

Connecticut C. J. Fairhurst 16 High view, Norwalk 

Delaware Elmer S. Howell 2106 Jefferson St., Wilmington 2 

Dist of Columbia Lucien G. Yung Apt. 201 - 2803 Nicholson Street, 

W. Hyattsville, Md. 

Florida H. J. Wendland 1019 - 14th St. West, Bradenton 

Georgia T. B. Elf e 1301 Vineville, Macon 

Holland D. P. Harmsen Holbrouckerlaan 10, Oegstgeest 

Idaho Chas. Hartung 430 No. 6th St., Payette 

Illinois Garland F. Thomas 6102 Dorchester Avenue, Chicago 37 

Indiana William H. Baugh 6011 - 16th Ave. N., St. Petersburg, 

Florida 

Iowa L. Paul Morris Bedford 

Ireland Donald McGaughey .... 40 Upper Arthur St., Belfast 

Kansas Roy H. Clossen Box 335, Coffeyville 

Kentucky Allen Earl Bell Moreland 

Louisiana Rev. Alton A. McKnight Box 574, DeQuincy 

Maine John G. Faas Benton Station 

Manitoba Frank W. Brownell 82 McAdam Avenue, Winnipeg 

Maryland Gerald M. Pine Denton 

Massachusetts W. F. Clark 660 Belmont Street, Watertown 

Michigan Arthur Burke 1721 - 16th Street, Port Huron 

Minnesota Fred Hilden International Falls 

Mississippi Justin N. Jones Hattiesburg 

Missouri Chester Selby Lebanon 

Montana Marion A. Averill Box 254, Choteau 

Nebraska Hammond A. Sharp 4016 North 26th, Omaha 

Nevada Carl F. Dodge 625 W. Williams St., Fallon 

New Brunswick Fred E. Mallory R.R. 6, Woodstock 

New Hampshire . Rev. William Barnes ... 32 Prospect Street, Lancaster 

New Jersey Adrien B. Hommell 57 Main Street, Sussex 

New South Wales . Norman Soutar 8 George's River Road, Croydon 

(Australia) Park, Sydney 

New Yprk Clifford A. McDonald .. 55 South Vernon Street, Middleport, 

New York 

New Zealand Norman B. Spencer .... Box 315, Auckland, CI 

New Mexico William L. Ranville ... 1515 Los Tomases Drive, N.W., 

Albuquerque 

North Carolina ...Henry A. Barrow Box 117, James City 

North Dakota Clifford E. Miller 1213 - 11th Ave. N., Fargo 

Nova Scotia Dr. P. S. Cochrane Wolfville 

Ohio J. A. Gorham Box 276, Bellevue 

Oklahoma Frank E. Eldred R.F.D. No. 1 ,Drumright 

Oregon Rex. W. Davis 841 Saginaw Street, Salem 

Pennsylvania James D. Smith 20W Katherine Ave., Washington 

PA. 15301 

Philippines Primo I. Guzman No. 8 E. Jacinto Street, 

Mandaluyong, Rizal 

Quebec Arthur J. Osgood 216 Layfayette Street, Montreal 

Queensland, 

(Australia) Dr. L. T. Jobbins 113 Wickham Terrace. Brisbane B.17 

Rhode Island K. S. Wilder 33 Elder Ave., East Provindence 

Saskatchewan .... Lome Johnson 503 Sterling Trust Bldg., Regina 

Scotland The Rt. Hon. The Earl 

of Galloway . . 76 Queen Street, Edinburgh 2 

South Carolina . . Wm. N. Bradford Sumter 

South Dakota . . . Joseph Hansen Horley 

Switzerland Franz G. W. Schetelig .43 Titlisstrasse, Zurich 

Tennessee R. K. Roney, Sr Newbern, Route 2 

Texas J. O. Caruthers Box 151, Rosenburg 

Utah Herman L. Bauer 2626 Highland Drive, Salt Lake 

City 6 

Vermont George E. Cummings Windsor 

Victoria, Allen Grant 6 Secord Ave., East Kew, 

(Australia) Melbourne 

Virginia Claude E. Schools 130 W. elvedere Rd., Norfolk 

Washington Albert Jensen 3917 Densmore Avenue, Seattle 

Western Australia E. Blanckensee 63 Lawler St., South Perth, 

Western Australia 

West Virginia C. C. McGhee Huntington 

Wisconsin S. J. Dunn Box 204, 1018 Racine Ave., 

Wciu.kcsh.3 
Wyoming Carl S. Gilbert 1610 Custer Street, Laramie 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1964 121 

GRAND SECRETARIES 

FROM GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA IN PROVINCE OF CANADA 
Grand Chapter Name Residence 

Alabama Thomas W. Oliver 1 South 55th Place, Woodlawn 

P.O. Box 2822-A, Birmingham, 12 

Alaska Charles W. Wilson Box 896, Palmer 

Alberta (G.S.E.) F. J. Hand . . . .1717-28th Avenue S.W., Calgary 

Argentina A. Lappas 1385 Arenales, Buenos Aires (R.41) 

Arizona Joseph A. E. Ivey Box 148, Masonic Temple, Tuscon 

Arkansas C. D. Hill Box 2216, Little Rock 

British Columbia (G.S.E.) E. B. Baker ...4659 W. 8th Ave., Vancouver 8 

California Chester D. Newell Room 423, Masonic Temple, San 

Francisco 

Colorado Harry W. Bundy Room 300, Mas. Temple, Denver 2 

Connecticut Bliss W. Clark Box 838, New Britain 

Delaware Raymond A. Howard ... 10 Ridgeland Rd., Lynnfield, 

Wilmington 3 

Dist. of Columbia Marvin E. Fowler 801-13th St. N.W., Mas. Temple, 

Washington 

England (G.S.E.) J. W. Stubbs . . Freemasons Hall, London, W.C.2, 

Gr. Queen Street 

Florida Thomas N. Morrison P.O. Box 1532, Lakeland 

Georgia W. Tom Bateman c/o Grand Chap, of Georgia, R.A.M. 

811 Mulberry Street, Macon 

Germany John G. Warren Postfach 403, Munich 

Idaho Roland R. Fletcher 5212 Bel Air, Boise 

Illinois Lyle Melvin P.O. Box 433, Drxon 

Indiana Earl B. Forney 1204 Main St., Elwood 

Iowa Ross J. Gamblin Bullock Bldg., Atlantic 

Ireland James O. Harte Freemasons Hall, 17 Moleworth St., 

Dublin 2 

Kansas Chas. S. McGinness 320 West 8th Street, Topeka 

Kentucky Chas. K. A. McGaughey 694 New Circle Rd., N.E., Lexington 

Louisiana Lee W. Harris Box 209 Mas. Temple, Alexandria 3 

Maine Earle D. Webster Masonic Temple, Portland 

Manitoba (G.S.E.) C. J. Hutchings 15 Crowson Bay, Fort Garry, 

Winnipeg 19 

Maryland D. Ross Vansant, Jr 138 Spa View Ave., Annapolis 

Massachusetts . . . . W. F. Clark Room 703, 51 Boviston St., Masonic 

Temple, Boston 02116 

Michigan Orlow J. Myers Masonic Temple, 133E. Michigan 

Ave., Battle Creek 
Minnesota Emil A. Wold 4645 Ewing Ave. S., (100) Minnea- 
polis, 10 

Mississippi Cecil A. Thorn P.O. Box 1030 Meridian 

Missouri Bruce H. Hunt Box 188, Kirksville 

Montana Wm. A. Thaanum 218 So. Roberts St., Helena 

Nebraska Carl R. Greisen 401 Masonic Temple, 19th & Douglas 

Omaha 68102 

Netherlands (G.S.E.) K. L. Jacobs Michelangelostratt 33hs, 

Amsterdam — Z . 
Nevada C. A. Carlson, Jr 206 E. Telegraph, Carson City, 

Nevada 89701 
New Brunswick ...(G.S.E.) Ronald D. Baird 106 - 21st Ave., Edmundston 

New Hampshire Hiram W. Johnson 3 Highland Avenue, Antrim 

New Jersey H. R. Pine 41 Osborn St., Keyport 

New Mexico Elmer H. Rieman Post Office Box 1375, Roswell 

New South Wales F. R. Sinden Manchester Unity Building, 160 

(Australia) Castlereagh Street, Sydney 

New York George A. Lambert . Masonic Temple, New York 10 

New Zealand ... (G.S.E.) W. G. Webster Box 263, Auckland C.l 

North Carolina ...Chas. C. Ricker Masonic Temple, 80 Broadway, 

Asheville 

North Dakota Clifford E. Miller . Box 1269, Fargo 

Nova Scotia (Gr.-Sec.) H. F. Sipprell Box 322, Halifax 

Ohio Paul G. Lutz Masonic Temple, 3615 Euclid Ave., 

Cleveland 15 

Oklahoma F. M. Lumbard Box 652, Muskogee 

Ontario (G.S.E.) R. J. Hamilton Room 514, Temple Bldg., Toronto 1. 

Oregon Richard H. Tusant 1191 S.W. Park Ave., Portland 5 

Pennsylvania .. John C. F. Kitselman ... Masonic Temple, Broad and Filbert 

Streets, Philadelphia 7 
Philippines Antonio Gonzales 4645 Old Santa Masa, Manila 



122 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

Quebec (G.S.E.) H. Pickering .. 2295 St. Mark Street, Montreal 

Queensland 

Australia C. W. Coulter Box 425 F. Brisbane 

Rhode Island Luther C. Homan 37 Austin Ave., Greenville 

Saskatchewan (G.S.E.) H. K. Halldorson 407-9 Kerr Block, Regina 

Scotland W. A. Laird 76 Queen Street, Edinburgh 2 

South Carolina Hugh N. Layne 901 Palmetto State Life Building, 

Columbia 1 

South Dakota C. E. Buehler Box 366, Mitchell 

Switzerland 

(Helvetia) H. O. Mauerhofer Box Transit 954, Berne 2 

Tennessee T. E. Doss 100-108 Seventh Ave. N. (Box 216), 

Nashville 1 

Texas E. S. Winfree, Jr P.O. Box 296, Waco 

Utah Robert E. Kimberlin Masonic Temple, 650 East South 

Temple, Salt Lake City, 2 

Vermont Aaron H. Grout Masonic Temple, Burlington 

Victoria 

Australia (G.S.E.) H. O. Thomas ..164 Flinders St., Melbourne C.l 

Virginia Carl Frank Wood Masonic Temple, 107 W. Broad St., 

Richmond 20 

Washington Raymond N. Babcock . . .Masonic Temple, 801 - 13th St. N.W., 

Washington, 5 

Western Australia L. C. Wilson No. 6 Bank of N.S.W. Chambers, 

65 St. George's Terrace, Perth 

West Virginia Nelson S. Orkney P.O. Box 367, Webster Springs 

Wisconsin Earl B. Bauer Suite 430, 207E Michigan St., 

Milwaukee 2 

Wyoming Irving E. Clark Box 1311, Casper 

England -Wales 

(M.M.M.) Lodge) Lt. Col. J. W. Chitty ... Mark Masons' Hall, 40 Upper Brook 

Street, London W.l 



INDEX OF PROCEEDINGS OF GRAND CHAPTER 

Page 
ARCHIVE COMMITTEE 68 

AWARDS DISTINGUISHED SERVICE MEDAL 

Committee on Award 72 

BANQUET, ANNUAL 98 

BENEVOLENT COMMITTEE 

Members 71-100 

Report of Committee 70 

COMMITTEES OF GRAND CHAPTER 99-100 

COMMUNICATIONS AND GREETINGS 92 

CONDITION OF CAPITULAR MASONRY 

Committee Report 73-77 

CORRESPONDENCE, FRATERNAL 

Committee on 100 

Report (see back of this book) Appendix 

CONVOCATIONS 

Annual, Toronto 4-5 

CREDENTIAL COMMITTEE 

Report 10-14 

DEATHS .,...: 83 

DEMITS 107-108 

DISTINGUISHED GUESTS 5 

DISTRICTS 1 TO 16, LIST OF, WITH CHAPTERS 109-111 

EDUCATION AND INSTRUCTION 

Committee 100 

ELECTION 

Report 88 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE AND APPOINTMENTS 

Members 99 

FINANCE COMMITTEE 

Members 100 

Report of 77-79 

FINANCIAL STATEMENT 

Auditor's Report 57-60 

FIRST PRINCIPALS OF CHAPTERS 

List of names and addresses 112-114 

FRATERNAL DEAD 

Committee on 100 

Report of Committee 80-87 



Page 

GRAND CHAPTER 

Opening 4 

Closing ..; 98 

Call Off 88 

Call On 88 

GRAND Z. 

Address 16 

Report of Committee on 65-68 

Visitations 17-20 

GRAND FIRST PRINCIPALS 

Elected 118 

Honorary 118 

GRAND REPRESENTATIVES 

List of 119-120 

Roll Call 15 

GRAND HISTORIAN 

Election 70 

GRAND SECRETARIES 

List of, with addresses 121-122 

GRAND SCRIBE E. 

Report of 52 

Past Grand Scribes E 118 

GRAND SUPERINTENDENTS 

Confirmation of Appointment 109 

Reports of 3-0-49 

GRAND TREASURER 

Financial Statement 50 

GRIEVANCES AND APPEALS 

Committee 100 

Report of Committee 65 

INSTALLATION 96 

INVESTMENTS 

Committee on 100 

Report of Committee 64 

MASONIC INSTRUCTION COMMITTEE 69 

MEMBERSHIP 

Committee 100 

Report of Committee 89-92 

MINUTES 

Confirmation 10 



Page 
MEMORIAL SERVICE 5 

OFFICERS OF GRAND CHAPTER 

Appointed , 97-100 

Elected 99 

PAST RANK 25 

PLACE OF MEETING 89 

PRESENTATION 

Past Grand First Principals 8 

Toronto Districts 9 

Presentation of Jewels 20-22 

PRINTING SUPPLIES 

Committee on 100 

Report .. 63 

REPORTS (Committee reports listed under Committee) 

Grand Scribe E 52-56 

Grand Superintendents 30 

Grand Treasurer 50 

RESTORATIONS 106 

SCRIBES E. OF CHAPTERS 

Names and addresses 115-117 

STATISTICAL TABLES 101-105 

SUSPENSIONS 106-107 

TORONTO DISTRICTS EXTEND WELCOME 8 

VICTORY THANKSGIVING BENEVOLENT FUND 

Financial Statement 61 

Committee on 100 

WARRANTS AND DISPENSATIONS 

Committee on 71 

Report of Committee 65 



FRATERNAL 



CORRESPONDENCE 



REVIEW OF THE GRAND CHAPTERS 



Alphabetically Arranged 



Introduction — Maurice A. Searle, P.G.Z. 



Page 

Alabama 5 

Alberta 5 

Arkansas 6 

British Columbia 8 

Colorado 9 

Connecticut 11 

Delaware 12 

District of Columbia 13 

England 14 

Mark Master Masons of 
England and Wales 15 

Florida 17 

Idaho 18 

Illinois 18 

Indiana 20 

Ireland 21 

Louisiana 22 

Maine 22 

Manitoba 24 

Maryland 25 

Michigan 26 

Minnesota 27 

Missouri 29 

Montana 30 

Netherlands 31 

New Brunswick 31 



Page 

New Hampshire 32 

New Jersey 33 

New York 34 

New Zealand 35 

North Carolina 38 

North Dakota 39 

Nova Scotia 41 

Ohio 42 

Oklahoma 44 

Pennsylvania 45 

Phillippines 46 

Quebec 49 

Rhode Island and Providence 

Plantations 50 

Saskatchewan 51 

Scotland 52 

South Carolina 54 

South Dakota 55 

Tennessee 57 

Utah 58 

Vermont 59 

Victoria (Australia) 60 

West Virginia 60 

Washington 61 

Wisconsin 63 



CAPITULAR REVIEW 
Annual Review of the Proceedings of Other Grand Chapters 

To the Most Excellent the Grand First Principal, Officers and Com- 
panions of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the 
Province of Ontario. 

Most Excellent Sir and Companions: 

It is again my pleasure to present to Grand Chapter a review of 
more than fifty Proceedings of Sister Jurisdictions in Royal Arch 
Masonry. j 

This has afforded another great opportunity for what I consider 
more or less a personal visitation with these Grand Chapters, and I have 
again been inspired by the continued devotion and dedication of so many 
in various other jurisdictions with whom I have a cherished friendship. 
The reports in these Proceedings represent the highest thinking of out- 
standing Royal Arch Masons in many parts of the world, and they have 
been to me both inspirational and most thought provoking. 

At this 106th Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of Royal 
Arch Masons of Canada in the Province of Ontario, I find represented 
here those devoted and dedicated Royal Arch Masons of our jurisdiction 
who must accept the present day challenge if we are to progress, not 
only in membership, but that every dawn inspire us to use each new day 
in a way most pleasing to God and beneficial to our fellow man, and that 
with a full realization and appreciation of our heritage we make such a 
contribution that future generations will be proud to include us in their 
heritage. 

I am contrained to say that my review of other Grand Jurisdictions' 
Proceedings proves beyond question of doubt that the leaders in Royal 
Arch Masonry are agreed that we have for some time been content with 
an era of complacency, content to rest upon laurels of the past, and have 
not taken full advantage of a beckoning future and the opportunity it 
affords. That my contention is shared by others is best exemplified by 
quoting from an address given at the Annual Dinner of the Grand Chap- 
ter of Royal Arch Masons of Ohio by R.E. Companion The Rev. Donald 
E. Bodley, Grand Royal Arch Captain of the Grand Chapter of Royal 
Arch Masons of Michigan, and I quote: 

"I ask each of you tonight, my companions, to make a personal dedi- 
cation of yourself to the real key of Freemasonry — to its sun rather 
than to its shadows — a dedication to our human concerns, the real sun 
of our Craft. I am convinced that by putting the first things of Masonry 
first, we will not only be making a contribution to our own lives and to 
the lives of our fellow craftsmen; but to the crying need of the world in 
our day. I must warn you, it will take dedication, it won't be an easy 
task to wipe away the shadows which have covered us, it will not be 
easy to get out of our own light and face the sun. We will have to change 
a lo-t of our current thinking to get that kitchen cleaned up enough to 
bear outside inspection." 

May I also quote from the address of M.E. Companion Walter L. 
Hunt, when he was Grand High Priest of the Grand Chapter of New 
York, namely: 

"... and the significant word from Nehemiah 4: 6 is this: 'Then 
built we the wall . . . for the people had a mind to work.' 

"Here is the secret of their success, and the success of any individual 
Chapter as well as our Grand Chapter, in fact all of Masonry today is 
faced with a great challenge which can only be met — when the people 
(the Companions) have a mind to work. 



" 'WHAT YOU CAN DO— OR THINK YOU CAN- 
BEGIN IT. ONLY ENGAGE, AND THEN THE MIND 
GROWS HEATED, BEGIN IT! AND THE WORK 
WILL BE COMPLETED." 

Thus, my companions, I would urge you to return to your respective 
chapters and cause a program to be instituted which will enable com- 
panions not only to gain information which can only be obtained by a 
study of our Grand Chapter Proceedings but obtain, like myself, inspira- 
tion therefrom which will enable them to find and accept the challenge 
and the solution thereof, namely, an acceptance of individual respon- 
sibility and rededication to the fundamentals and teachings of our great 
institution and a devoted application to its work, an obligation we must 
assume as an essential part of the heritage given to us by our forefathers. 

All of which is respectfully and fraternally submitted. 

Alabama 

The 136th Annual Convocation of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of 
Alabama was held in Huntsville, February 11-12, 1963. 

Chapters 48; U.D. 1; Membership September 14, 1962—12,712; Net 
loss 272. 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. David S. Vaughn. 

Grand Secretary: R.E. Comp. Gordon L. Evatt. 

It is important to all Royal Arch Masons to note that the Grand High 
Priest reported: 

"My efforts this year have fallen far short of a desired level. I fully 
realize that I have failed to measure up to your standard and I am not 
satisfied with the result of my administration. We have so much to 
accomplish in Capitular Masonry in Alabama that it is incumbent upon 
each of us to rededicate himself to the task, and to come forward and 
ask for a duty, rather than pull back and withhold talent and energy 
from the organization. I do hope that some advances have been made 
and that this administration may be credited with some progression 
rather than retrogression." 

And later: 

"Again we show a net loss over the preceding year, this time a figure 
of 272. I point to you that 655 suspensions for nonpayment of dues 
against 141 reinstatements brings us the sad result. If each Chapter had 
'saved' six suspensions we would have shown a slight gain. Chapter 
Officers, formulate some plans to start in early spring to help the Sec- 
retary collect from those approaching the brink of suspension first, then 
concentrate on the regular collecting program. 

"There is much brightness in the Capitular picture in Alabama and 
we have but to invest a little effort from each interested individual to 
enable us to move up the ladder of success. Let us neved adopt the 
attitude of defeat or even slowing up, but put on the mantle of success 
and accelerate our efforts to a good end." 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Charles A. Guthrie. 

Grand Secretary: R.E. Comp. Thomas W. Oliver. 

Alberta 

The 49th Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch 
Masons of Alberta was held in Edmonton, on May 8, 1963. 

Chapters 31; Membership December 31, 1962—3,849; Net loss 45. 
Grand First Principal: M.E. Comp. Norman Scheer. 



6 

Grand Scribe E.: M.E. Comp. F. J. Hand. 

The Grand First Principal in his address stated: 

"During the year I have noticed that the Chapters who are getting 
the best attendance are the ones that open on time, get their business 
done with dispatch and give of their best in the conferring of Degrees, 
which just goes to prove that whatever is worth doing is worth doing 
well. 

"I would also like to encourage all Chapters to have the new mem- 
bers take a full examination in all three Degrees in open Chapter. I 
feel that this would cause our new Companions to have a far greater 
respect and understanding for the Craft to memorize these obligations 
and questions and answers, at that time would also place them in a posi- 
tion where they would not have to hesitate in visiting another Chapter. 

"Companions in this busy and hectic life, let us pause for a moment 
to analyze our Royal Arch Masonry and I believe you would feel as I do 
that in our Chapter work and fellowship we can find a solid, steadying 
influence that will give to us encouragement, understanding, satisfaction 
and good will, and a greater determination to share all these blessings 
with our fellow men." 

It is also significant to observe that the Committee on the Condition 
of Capitular Masonry reported, in part: 

"We have taken into the Chapters 110 Candidates, 12 Affiliations and 
one Restoration. Against this we have 64 Demits, 12 Deletions, and 72 
Deaths, which make a very heavy inroad into the numbers that have 
come into the Chapters, and so we have to report a loss of 45 for the 
first time in quite a few years. 

"We know we are passing through a phase of time when if we do not 
make a move to make our Chapters more interesting, we are and will 
surely deteriorate. 

"We must change with the times and although this is very hard to 
do it must be accomplished at whatever cost to Old Traditions. 

"There is nothing wrong with the Work, only the personnel who 
have the power to take over and run the Chapters. Officers of a Chapter 
should make a concerted effort to come up with outstanding achieve- 
ments, know your Constitution and By-laws, and abide by them. If they 
run contrary to what you think is best, have them changed in a consti- 
tutional manner. If you have something beneficial you will get plenty 
of attention. 

Elections — 

Grand First Principal: M.E. Comp. W. N. Martin. 

Grand Scribe E.: M.E. Comp. F. J. Hand. 

Arkansas 

The 114th Annual Convocation of The Most Excellent Grand Royal 
Arch Chapter of Arkansas was held at Little Rock, on February 25, 1963. 

Chapters 55; Membership December 31, 1962—7,426; Net loss 164. 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Jack B. Donham. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Charles D. Hill. 

The Grand High Priest's address contains much food for provocative 
thinking, parts of which I quote: 

"... We are here from every part of our Great State, and know 
the needs in our respective locality — let's counsel together for 'In the 
multitude of Council there is Wisdom.' Then, Companions, let us renew 



our strength and zeal, that we may conquer what the future may bring 
or have in store for us — ever having for our watchword 'WORK', for by 
diligent WORK we will be able to advance the cause of Capitular Masonry 
in our State . . . 

"To our new Companions we extend a cordial greeting — trusting 
you have taken up the working tools of a craftsman for a purpose — with 
a will to do. We hope you may prove true and trusty, and never loiter 
away a moment's time in the great quarries in which you are called to 
labor, but with zeal and fidelity fill the full measure of your time, and 
in the end bring up such specimens of your skill as shall stand the test 
of Him who judges in righteousness and gives to every man according 
as his work shall be. 

"... In reviewing this Masonic Year, what hear we from the Sen- 
tinels upon the watchtower? Instead of the gladsome news, 'ALL'S 
WELL', we hear just the opposite, 'ALL IS NOT WELL', because Com- 
panions the records of our Chapters reflect that many of them have not 
met in monthly Convocation since our last Grand Chapter. Some have 
not even had an election and installation of Officers. Many of the 
Officers elected did not show up to be installed. On many occasions 
there was no shining light in the windows of our Chapter Halls. Many 
of O'Ur Companions who have been high on our rolls have drifted in the 
state of complacency and indifference. Many have lost interest by the 
fact that they have let themselves be suspended for Non-payment of 
Dues. All of us could readily ask ourselves this question, 'Why stand ye 
here idle when there is "WORK" to be done?' Did you not agree for a 
penny. Companions, these remarks are not intended for you faithful 
Companions who have borne the heat and burdens of the day because 
upon your shoulders you have carried these Companions who could not 
even afford a penny a day to pay their dues to their Chapters. But there 
is work to be done in the quarries. I think that the 'KEY' lies in these 
Companions who have let themselves drift into this state of mind. This 
item of 'SUSPENSION FOR NON-PAYMENT OF DUES' is not only 
alarming but it seems to me that it is high time that we as a 'GRAND 
CHAPTER' or body of Capitular Masons should do something about it 
and fast . . . Things do not just happen in our Fraternity any more than 
things just happen in the world at large. When things go wrong or go 
right there is a reason. It is the part of good sense to endeavor to find 
what the reason may be. Companions, we need to find the reason for so 
many suspensions and correct it, because in finding the reason we will not 
have to ask ourselves these questions: 1, Why is not Royal Arch Masonry 
as popular as it once was? 2, Why does not the number of its members 
bear the same percentage relationship to Master Masons as do other 
bodies of Freemasonry? 3, Why are we standing still and not doing 
anything about suspensions ? . . . 

"Companions, it is not easy to enlist ones self in the service of our 
Fraternity. He who accepts the clarion call must do so with patience 
and fortitude; for in living the Masonic Way there are those who choose 
to find fault and criticize for better or for worse. Be that as it may, the 
Capitular Mason should go on with his work. With seriousness and deter- 
mination he should help push toward the realization of a great and noble 
mission — the building of Freemasonry's temples in the hearts of men. 
By working together, hand in hand and shoulder to shoulder we can 
accomplish what we set as our goal. Let us pray that this burden of 
suspension of our members will burn in our hearts until we have con- 
quered it with a glorious success. 

"... I must say that we should not paint a flowery picture just to 
make the records look good because this would be deceiving. It is time 
that we should stop being like the Ostrich. Let us pull our heads out of 



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the sand, throw away our optimistic mood and get down to WORK or 
Companions we are going to wake up some of these days and find our 
Grand Royal Arch Chapter and Capitular Masonry as a whole in a worse 
situation than it is at the present moment. Need I say more? It is up 
to us as individuals, not the Grand Chapter nor the Subordinate Chapters, 
to shoulder these responsibilities and put fourth an extra bit of sacrifice 
and effort to bring Capitular Masonry back to the High Standards that it 
should be." 

And, finally: 

"No man, however zealous and industrious, can say: 'This is My 
Work, because it is good work, true work, and square work; it is well 
done; I did it alone.' A person making such a statement in my opinion 
does not have all of his faculties, because WORK well done is the result 
of great efforts and whole-hearted cooperation of all concerned. This 
is especially applicable to Freemasonry which enjoins every Mason not 
only to lo-ve his fellowman but to help him in his laudable undertakings. 

"Remember Companions that Masonry is not a dying ember, but a 
Living Flame in the hearts of men. We need to come closer to that flame 
to benefit by its Light, and to feel the warmth of its influence." 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Ormand B. Shaw. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Charles D. Hill. 

British Columbia 

The 45th Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch 
Masons of British Columbia (With Jurisdiction Over the Yukon Territory) 
was held at Victoria, on June 17th, 1963. 

Chapters 41; Membership December 31, 1962—5,574; Gain 10. 
Grand First Principal: M.E. Comp. James St. E. Meiss. 
Grand Scribe E.: M.E. Comp. E. B. Baker. 
The Grand Z. in his report stated, in part: 

"Generally speaking Capitular Masonry where there is a pay roll is 
making good progress; in the interior two of our Chapters are finding it 
difficult to survive through lack of new candidates and old Companions 
moving out to greener pastures. The falling off in attendance to Chapter 
Convocations is a matter of great concern throughout the Jurisdiction 
and every effort is being made in an endeavour to revive interest and 
boost attendance . . . 

"I am happy to state that the year has been one of Peace and Har- 
mony throughout the Grand Jurisdiction. Our numbers have been sadly 
depleted through death, demits and suspensions. Exaltations of new 
Companions and affiliations were just sufficient to show a net gain of 10 
for the year for which we can be thankful, for after all it is a gain and 
not a loss. 

"My year as Grand First Principal is now ending and my successor 
will in a few short hours assume the responsibilities of this high office. 
To him I pledge my allegiance and support and I know without my asking 
that you will give him the same support and loyalty that I have enjoyed. 

"Your Chapter has need of the best in you 
Yo'Ur Chapter has need of the work you do 
Your Chapter has need of a helping hand 
And the faith of a Companion who will understand, 
It welcomes the honest, the loyal, the true 
Your Chanter needs these and it looks to you." 



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The following excerpts from the Bursary Committee are most worthy 
of note: 

"In view of the fact that the contributions to the Bursary Fund in 
each of the last two years were over $2,000.00 your committee, antici- 
pating a continuation of that high level, was optimistic enough to offer 
three (3) awards for the coming year instead of two. Our hopes were 
greater than our ability to foretell the future." 

"As matters stand now the fund can provide three (3) awards 
annually each of $300.00 from this point on. Any future increase in the 
amount of these awards or in the number of awards is dependent entirely 
on the efforts put forth by all Chapters." 

Also, the following Report of the Committee on Recorded Music: 

"Your Committee on recorded music wish to report that during the 
past 12 months a number of Chapters have used the experimental disc 
records and ordered new ones, which were made and sent to them with 
a full explanation of requirements for the best results. 

"It is felt that this contact with the Chapters in addition to its 
primary purpose musically, could make some contribution towards uni- 
fying the ritual work throughout this Jurisdiction should such be desir- 
able." 

Elections — 

Grand First Principal: M.E. Comp. John S. Dyke. 

Grand Scribe E.: M.E. Comp. E. B. Baker. 

Colorado 

The 88th Annual Convocation of the Most Excellent Grand Chapter 
of Royal Arch Masons of Colorado was held at Denver, on January 24th, 
1963. 

Chapters 55; Membership January 24, 1963—7,000; Net Loss 103. 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Norman F. Tripp. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Harry W. Bundy. 

Here again we find the Grand High Priest in his address giving 
potent advice, and worthy of practical action, and I quote: 

"... We know that several of our Chapters are suffering from local 
economic problems and the future of these Chapters depends largely on 
the improvement of this problem. There are still too many Chapters that 
are in an unsatisfactory state that do not fall in this category but whose 
lack of responsible leadership, apathy and complacency are leading them 
into a state of Capitular decay; The remedy being of course intelligent 
aggressive leadership and an active program for the advancement of 
Capitular Masonry. 

"Another phase of our program is Capitular education; that we tried 
to encourage by means of 'The Royal Arch Mason Magazine', 'The Square 
and Compass', and 'The History of Royal Arch Masonry' by Denslow and 
other mediums of education. Our reason for pursuing this program was 
the belief that a well informed Royal Arch Mason would be an interested 
one. Certainly more effort is necessary to keep our present members 
interested as well as securing the petitions of new members . . . 

"I wish I had the ability to stir you with a speech ringing from the 
rafters; a speech to make you dedicate yourselves to the promotion of 
Royal Arch Masonry; a speech that would make a 'deep and lasting im- 
pression upon your future life and conduct' but I know my incapabilities. 

I leave you with this thought: Have you ever asked yourself this 
question? If every Royal Arch Mason performed just as you do, where 



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would Capitular Masonry be? If every man worked at his job as you 
work, showed the same interest, the same diligence, the same faithful- 
ness, the same skill and discipline, would this be a better country? 
Someone has aptly said that there are really only two kinds of people: 
those who are part of the problem and those who are part of the solution. 
Which category is yours? 

"May I leave this thought with you also: 

'May I be no man's enemy, and may I be the friend of that which is 
eternal and abides. 

'May I never quarrel with those nearest me; and if I do, may I be 
reconciled quickly; 

'May I never devise evil against any man; if any devise evil against 
me, may I escape uninjured and without the need of hurting him. 

'May I love, seek and attain only that which is good. May I wish for 
all men's happiness and envy none'." 

The address of the Grand Chaplain is most inspiring and the follow- 
ing excerpts are worthy of study: 

"After all, we do have a duty to perform. There never was a time 
when the influence of Freemasonry was more needed than it is today, 
and the task of spreading that influence is ours. We have of our own 
freewill and accord obligated ourselves to do just that. Somewhere, and 
at some time, each one of us knelt at the Altar of Freemasonry, and with 
our hands on the Great Light to prove the sincerity of our intentions, we 
vowed that we would 'dispense true Masonic Light and knowledge to our 
less informed brethren'. Have we fulfilled that promise? 

" 'I will dispense true Masonic Light and knowledge to my less in- 
formed brother'. How can we make good that promise ? I know of only 
one way, and that is by moulding our lives according to the precepts of 
our Fraternity. 

"I am sure that many of you here today have shared my experience. 
I was brought into the Fraternity, not by an overwhelming desire to 
know the mysteries hidden behind the closed door of Masonry, but by the 
impressive lives of men whom I knew to be Masons. If we are to extend 
the influence of Masonry in our different communities, then we must be 
consistent and faithful to the Craft. Masonry is contagious — it is 
caught and not taught. The most impressive illustration that I know 
of all that is best in the teachings of Freemasonry is the good and upright 
man and Mason. Masonry is not a Religion, but it is closely affiliated 
with it . . ." 

This Grand Chapter submits an excellent report of the Committee 
of Fraternal Correspondence, rather than a synopsis of the Proceedings 
of other Grand Jurisdictions, and it is interesting to note the following: 

"The published proceedings of the Grand Chapters are the source 
material of this Review. Although they run pretty much of a pattern 
and much of the material included is statistical and financial reports and 
o-ther matter for the record, they also bring the student a great deal of 
thought and information — gleanings from the best minds of every Grand 
Jurisdiction. Sometimes I wonder if the Colorado proceedings journey 
directly from the post office to the archives of the Chapter, never again 
to see the light of day. One of the duties of the Chapter High Priest, 
should be to see that these proceedings be perused after they are received 
and informational sections such as the addresses of the Grand High 
Priest and the Grand Chaplain be presented to the Chapter as a part 
of the good of the order of his meetings . . . 



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"Membership. The statistical table listing Grand Chapters and in- 
formation concerning them including reports on membership, will be 
printed in the proceedings, and I warn you, it will be downright depress- 
ing. Although too much emphasis can be placed on the purely physical 
aspects of net gains or losses, it is impossible to look without misgivings 
at the graph of losses, which continues to plunge ever more rapidly 
downward . . . 

"This review has brought you certain unpleasant facts. They are 
taken directly from the reports of the men who lead Royal Arch Masonry. 
But the surprising and the gratifying thing about these reports remains 
that not one of them closed on a note of discouragement or defeatism. 
All point out that Royal Arch Masonry has a real place and a great 
mission in the scheme of Masonrry, that although we are now in a time 
when the pendulum seems to be swinging downward yet it is the nature 
of a pendulum to turn upwards again. What is required of every Royal 
Arch Mason is faith and work, and that leadership alone is required to 
start the pendulum on the upswing again. Companions, I give you Royal 
Arch Masonry; it is the capstone of Ancient Craft Masonry. Let us now 
gird our loins and as in the Most Excellent Master Degree once more 
dedicate and consecrate our capstone to the service of our fellow men." 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. William E. Calkins. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Harry W. Bundy. 

Connecticut 

The 165th Annual Convocation of the M.E. Grand Chapter of Royal 
Arch Masons of Connecticut was held at Hartford, May 18, 1963. 

Chapters 45; Membership April 15, 1963—9,395; Net loss 244. 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Laurence G. Farwell. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Bliss W. Clark. 

It is important to observe that the Grand High Priest in his address 
reminded his listeners of individual responsibilities, in that he reported, 
and I quote: 

"Our membership now stands at 9395 — a net loss of 244 after 252 
exaltations, 6 affiliations, 7 reinstatements, 324 deaths, 78 demits, 28 
struck from roll in Lodge, and 78 N.P.D. 

"The last year in which we showed a net gain was 1953. 

"At the start of this year it was determined by your Grand Chapter 
that through the medium of sectional meetings, as sponsored by the 
Custodians and the individual efforts of your Officers and Custodians, 
we would all exert our best collective efforts toward the objective of 
revitalization of Capitular Masonry in Connecticut. 

"There has been some Chapters which have made outstanding pro- 
gress while in others the results are not encouraging as yet. Since the 
welfare of each Chapter is of prime concern and having no magic formula 
or substitute for well organized, competent, interesting programs, well- 
administered, supported by hard work, we urgently request your con- 
tinued efforts in this direction . . . 

"In some instances, it appears that relocation of Chapters and/or 
combining with other Chapters in the face of changing makeup of areas 
may be indicated, while in others a more careful selection of Officers and 
better planning of diversified and interesting programs is needed. 

"Financial details will be fully discussed by your Committee on Fin- 
ancial Reports of Constituent Chapters — please give them complete 
attention and at the same time do a bit of self-examination — most Chap- 



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ters have resolved finances — is yours one — if not, careful planning 
properly implemented will go a long way toward resolution of these 
problems. 

"We direct your attention to the matter of demits and N.P.D. — this 
year, these two accounted for 156 of the 244 loss. 

"This is an area where great improvement is required. Deaths may 
not be altered, but if your Chapter has qualified officers working with 
an interesting, diversified, attractive program, demits and N.P.D. will be 
substantially reduced. 

"In program-planning along Masonic lines for fraternal relationships 
and interests, the broader interests of all men in your community should 
not be overlooked — leave your Mark upon your community and share your 
Brotherhood and companionship. We find that some progress is being 
made, but we must redouble our assiduity and attack our mutual problems 
with fervor and zeal." 

Direction is made to the report of the Committee on Financial Re- 
ports of Constituent Chapters, part of which I quote: 

"The dues collected as a percentage of the calculated dues, based on 
dues-paying membership and rate, vary from a low of 40% to a high of 
well above 100%. Obviously, collections of 40% are much too low, while 
those showing much above 100% are affected by inclusion of assessments, 
not shown, or voluntary payment of dues by exempt veterans. 

"The rate of dues, excluding assessments, varies from a low of $2.00 
to a high of $7.00, with the average being $4.00. Hematile Chapter, No. 
43, in the small town of Lakeville, with a membership of 83 and annual 
dues of $6.00, deserves special mention, having collected nearly $200 more 
than became due for the fiscal year. 

"Seventeen (17) Chapters, the same as last year, reported 'No Three- 
Year Delinquents' . . . 

"Fourteen (14) of these seventeen (17) are common with 1962, 13 
with 1961, and 10 with 1960, indicating a continuous attention to unpaid 
dues in those chapters. 

"Warren No. 12 reported 'No unpaid dues' and Orient No. 42 just 
missed, with 3 members for one year. (If Comp. Foster follows his usual 
pattern, he probably has those 3 by now). These Chapters, and especially 
their Secretaries, are to be congratulated. 

"Thirty-three (33) Chapters gained a total of $9,014 in quick assets 
(cash and securities), with twelve (12) losing $2,166. The gains are re- 
assuring, while none of the losses are serious, unless repeated year after 
year. With few exceptions, the losers had fewer candidates." 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Iver A. Erickson. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Bliss W. Clark. 

Delaware 

The 95th Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch 
Masons of Delaware was held in Wilmington, January 19, 1963. 

Chapters 5; Membership — January 20, 1963 — 1,034; Net loss 11. 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Powell E. Craig. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Raymond A. Howard. 

The Grand High Priest reported under "Condition of the Rite", and 
I quote: 

"I sincerely regret that I must announce that our loss on membership 
this year is eleven. 



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"Many Companions will say 'we had a great many deaths' but others 
will say 'we did not have enough exaltations'. 

"Quantities of Masonic literature was distributed to all the Subordi- 
nate Chapters and incentives offered for securing petitions. 

"Degree work is better than it has been for years. Credit must be 
given to the instruction of the Grand Lecturers and the enthusiasm of 
the Chapter Officers. 

"I know that we have much to offer our Blue Lodge Brother. I be- 
lieve we are a firm foundation and that the new frontier beckons us to 
move forward. My suggestion is to each Companion, 'Be active in your 
Blue Lodge, the only source o-f new members'." 

And later on: 

"Our generation is moving at an accelerated pace. Knowledge has 
increased to the point where many are afraid of their human wisdom and 
ask, where are we going? 

"If we as Masons are descendants of the Master Builders, seeking 
Light and Truth, we know that evolution is God's plan and that we must 
continually strive for self improvement if we hope to make an advance- 
ment and provide solid foundations for our posterity to build upon." 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Ernest H. Martyn. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Raymond A. Howard. 

District of Columbia 

The 96th Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch 
Masons of the District of Columbia was held at Washington, D.C., on 
February 9, 1963. 

Chapters 9; Membership December 31, 1962—3,720; Net loss 165. 
Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Joseph C. Richmond. 
Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Raymond N. Babcock. 

Here we find the Grand High Priest obviously has made a study of 
decreased attendance and interest and his findings are significant, and 
I quote: 

"Many of our officers and past officers seem convinced that all of 
our troubles are due entirely to the shift in population of the District of 
Columbia. I am not among that number. I am afraid that too many 
Companions have used it as an excuse to avoid doing what they know in 
their hearts has to be done to revive interest in Royal Arch Masonry. 

"There are several sociological changes that have had a profound 
effect upon all fraternities, Masonry included. Among these are earlier 
marriages by our young people today, so that by the time many young 
men reach the age where they might consider petitioning Masonry, they 
already have family obligations that interfere. More wives are working 
now than was the case before World War II, and hence the husbands 
have more obligations at home, which interfere with attendance at meet- 
ings. Families are larger, and families are doing more things together. 
Television is also a factor which makes it more difficult for a man to 
leave his home in the evening. Poor public transportation, poor parking 
facilities near many of our Temples and the movement of our members 
to the suburbs have also contributed. 

"I am not discouraged about the future of Royal Arch Masonry in 
the District of Columbia. We have lived through darker periods in the 
past. There will be brighter periods in the future. In the meantime we 



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must do everything in our power to conserve what we have. We should 
concentrate every effort on doing the best job possible of teaching the im- 
portant lessons of our degrees to the few candidates we get, and exert 
every effort to make dedicated, hard-working Royal Arch Masons out of 
them. 

"If we expect our companions to attend our meetings, we must have 
something for them when they make the effort to come out. There should 
be a planned program for every meeting. The program must also be well 
publicized . . ." 

However, I find the Grand Visitor and Lecturer in his report stating: 

"One of the most serious situations confronting the Chapters is 
attendance, or rather the lack of it, and a marked improvement is neces- 
sary if the Chapters expect to function properly. It behooves each Chapter 
to stimulate attendance by any method that seems to work best, and on 
getting the Companions there. It further behooves them to make it so 
interesting that they will want to come back. What are the reasons for 
poor attendance? 

"Is it because of apathy and lack of interest? Is it because of de- 
grees conferred in a sloppy and inefficient manner? Is it laxity on the 
part of the High Priest in not personally contacting the Companions and 
ascertaining the reason for non-attendance? Is it because of poor 
leadership? Is it because we do not make our meetings interesting 
enough that our members will be encouraged to be regular in their attend- 
ance ? Is it because of poor organization and waste of time that meetings 
sometimes last to a late hour? Or, is it because the Chapter is sometimes 
used to acquire something that is supposed to be higher? 

"Our ritualistic work is of prime importance to our candidates for 
whom the degrees are provided. In the short time we have with them 
in each degree we must, by our earnest and faithful presentation of the 
work, truly portray to them the fundamental precepts of the degree, and 
create in them the desire for deeper understanding of the principles 
advanced. 

"I regret to report that the degree work in some instances has 
fallen to a new low. Tt seems incredible that any Chapter officer would 
try to get by with such work. It seems to me that any group of officers 
with even a moderate amount of interest in their assignments should be 
able to master the requirements of our ritual . . . Sloppy and ill-prepared 
degree work is one of the principal causes of poor attendance and lack 
of interest on the part of the membership. When we confer better de- 
grees we will have better Chapters. The officers must know their work. 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Eldridge G. Jones. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Marvin E. Fowler. 

England 

Regular Convocations of the Supreme Grand Chapter of Royal Arch 
Masons of England were held on April 25th and November 13th, 1963, at 
Freemasons' Hall, London, also a further one on February 12th, 1964. 

First Grand Principal: M.E. Comp. Rt. Hon. The Earl of Scarbrough, 
K.G., G.C.S.I., G.C.I.E., G.C.V.O., T.D. 

It is pleasing and inspiring to note the keen activity of Sir George 
Boag, K.C.I.E., C.S.I., who continues as President of the Committee of 
General Purposes. We are proud to remember this distinguished Mason 
when he represented The Earl of Scarbrough and the Supreme Grand 



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Chapter of England at our Centennial in 1958 and that he is one of us in 
that he is an Honorary Past Grand Superintendent of our Grand Chapter. 

That the Supreme Grand Chapter of England continues to flourish 
is best shown by the number of petitions it continues to grant for new 
chapters and always attached to a Craft Lodge, thereby having a great 
reservoir of new members. 

The following excerpt from the minutes of the Convocation of April 
25th, 1963, is of great interest: 

"The M.E. The First Grand Principal: Companions, I have to an- 
nounce that under the Royal Arch Regulations, by virtue of my position 
as Grand Master in the Craft, I automatically assume the office of First 
Grand Principal. 

"Similarly, M.E. Comp. the Rt. Hon. the Earl Cadogan, Deputy 
Grand Master, assumes the office of Second Grand Principal. 

"Thirdly, I have great pleasure in re-appointing M.E. Comp. Bishop 
Herbert as Third Grand Principal." 

"GRAND CHAPTER OF INDIA 

"The President of the Committee of General Purposes: Most Excel- 
lent, before I move the adoption of the whole of the Report, may I say 
that I think all Companions of the Supreme Grand Chapter will be inter- 
ested to know that E. Comp. Bulman, Grand Scribe N., and I are pro- 
posing to fly out to India next week to be present at the inauguration of 
the new Grand Chapter of India, which I have already mentioned. We 
have received a most cordial invitation that this Supreme Grand Chapter 
should be represented there, and I myself, and I am sure E. Comp. Bul- 
man, too, regard it as a great honour to have been chosen to represent 
this Supreme Grand Chapter on this occasion." 

And, finally: 

"ERASURE OF CHAPTERS" 

"Companions will recall that at the last Regular Convocation of 
Grand Chapter mention was made of the inauguration of the Grand 
Chapter of India on 22nd November, 1963, at which Grand Chapter was 
represented by the President of the Committee, E. Comp. Sir George 
Boag, K.C.I.E., C.S.I., P.G.Supt., Madras, and E. Comp. Major G. P. 
Bulman, C.B.E., G.S.N. 

"Some months prior to this event, all English Chapters in India were 
circulated to ascertain whether they wished to join the new Grand Chap- 
ter or to remain under the Supreme Grand Chapter of England. Of the 
96 Chapters concerned, 60 have elected to remain under the Supreme 
Grand Chapter and 36 have opted to join the Grand Chapter of India. The 
latter are listed below under their respective Districts and the Committee 
recommends that these Chapters be erased from the Roll of the Supreme 
Grand Chapter of England. 

"Certain Chapters have indicated that they would like to have their 
English Charters returned to them after cancellation and the Committee 
recommends that, where appropriate, Grand Chapter should accede to 
their request and that their Charters should be endorsed accordingly." 

First Grand Principal: M.E. Comp. Rt. Hon. The Earl of Scarbrough. 
Grand Scribe E.: Ex. Comp. James W. Stubbs. 

Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons of England and Wales and the 
Dominions and Dependencies of the British Crown 

The Quarterly Communications of this Grand Body were held at 
Freemasons' Hall, London. 

Grand Master: M.W. Bro. The Rt. Hon. Lord Harris, M.C., V.L. 



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Deputy Grand Master: R.W. Bro. Major R. L. Loyd, O.B.E., M.C. 
Grand Secretary: R.W. Bro. Lt. Col. J. W. Chitty, M.B.E., P.G.W. 

The reports indicate that this Grand Jurisdiction is most active and 
flourishing and the following is of particular significance. 

"The Report also records that the Mark Benevolent Fund Festival 
was held on the 27th June, 1963, under the Chairmanship of R.W. Bro. 
B. B. de W. Gibbs, M.C, the Provincial Grand Master for Monmouth- 
shire, and that that Province subscribed no less a sum than £8,175. When 
one remembers that there are only seven Mark Lodges in the Province 
one realises what a very magnificent result was achieved. We are very 
grateful to the Province and also to the Brethren who are outside the 
Province for the big addition to the Fund for those who are in need. 
(Applause). On behalf of you all, I express my very real thanks to 
Monmouthshire for its great effort." 

"All the Brethren stood to order while the Grand Director of Cere- 
monies proclaimed the investiture and installation of M.W. Bro. The Rt. 
Hon. LORD HARRIS, M.C, V.L., as Grand Master, as follows: 

"Be it known that Most Worshipful Brother THE RIGHT HONOUR- 
ABLE GEORGE ST. VINCENT, BARON HARRIS of Seringapatam and 
Mysore in the East Indies, and of Belmont in the County of Kent; upon 
whom has been conferred the Decoration of the Military Cross; a Knight 
of Justice in the Grand Priory in the British Realm of the Most Venerable 
Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem, formerly Captain in Her 
Majesty's Territorial Army; Bachelor of Arts of the University of Ox- 
ford; in the Commission of the Peace and Vice-Lieutenant for the County 
of Kent; Past Grand Warden in the United Fraternity of Ancient, Free 
and Accepted Masons of England; Past Grand Scribe Nehemiah in the 
Supreme Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons; Grand Master, and 
Knight Grand Cross, in the Great Priory of the United Religious and 
Military Orders of the Temple, and of St. John of Jerusalem, Palestine, 
Rhodes and Malta; Grand Inspector-General 33°, and Inspector-General 
for Kent in the Ancient and Accepted Rite; Past Provincial Grand Master 
for Kent, and Past Provincial Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Mark 
Master Masons of England and Wales, and the Dominions and Depen- 
dencies of the British Crown; Whom may the Great Overseer of the 
Universe long preserve . . . 

"M.W. Grand Master: ... I now have very great pleasure in announc- 
ing that I have re-appointed R.W. Bro. Major R. L. Loyd as Deputy Grand 
Master for the ensuing year. (Applause.) He and I have served together 
from the beginning and I hope that ew shall go on serving together (if 
you are good enough to re-elect me) until the end. I am sure that you 
could not have anyone better as your Deputy Grand Master. I do not 
suppose that anybody gives up more time to Masonry in all its Branches, 
and particularly Mark Masonry, than does R.W. Bro. Major. Loyd. We 
are very lucky to have him as the Deputy Grand Master, and I am de- 
lighted to appoint him to the office. (Applause.) 

"Whereupon the Grand Director of Ceremonies proclaimed: 

"Be it known that Right Worshipful Brother ROBERT LINDSAY 
LOYD; Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire; upon 
whom has' been conferred the decoration of the Military Cross; a Knight 
of Justice in the Grand Priory in the British Realm of the Most Venerable 
Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem; Major retired in Her 
Majesty's Army; Master of Arts of the University of Oxford; Past Grand 
Warden and holder of the Order of Service to Masonry in the United 
Fraternity of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of England; Past Grand 
Scribe Nehemiah in the Supreme Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons; 



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Knight Grand Cross and Provincial Prior for Oxfordshire and Berkshire 
in the Great Priory of the United Religious and Military Orders of the 
Temple, and St. John of Jerusalem, Palestine, Rhodes and Malta; Grand 
Inspecto-r-General 33° and Sovereign Grand Commander of the Supreme 
Council in the Ancient and Accepted Rite; Past Deputy Grand Master 
in the Grand Council of Royal and Select Master; Grand Sovereign and 
Knight Grand Cross in the Grand Imperial Conclave of the Masonic and 
Military Order of the Red Cross of Constantine; Past Deputy Grand 
Master in the Grand Council of the Allied Masonic Degrees; Past Pro- 
vincial Grand Master for London and the Metropolitan Counties in the 
Royal Order of Scotland; etc., etc., etc., has been appointed, invested and 
installed as Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Mark Master 
Masons of England and Wales and the Dominions and Dependencies of 
the British Crown; Whom may the Great Overseer of the Universe long 
preserve." 

Florida 

The 116th Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter Royal Arch 
Masons of the State of Florida was held in the City of Clearwater, on 
May 15th and 16th, 1963. 

Chapters 47; Membership May 1st, 1962—9,479; Net loss 147. 
Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Ray Henry Schmidt. 
Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. John Bridges Phelps. 
The Grand High Priest reported, and I quote: 

"I recommend that each Chapter continue to stress the importance 
of keeping dues up to date. That each Chapter put into practice that 
portion of Article XIII of the Uniform Code of by-laws, which makes it 
possible to start action for suspensions for non-payment of dues on all 
Companions that are six months in arrears . . . 

"1962-1963 brought about a strenuous effort on the part of the three 
presiding Grand Officers to make a strong UNITED YORK RITE in 
the State of Florida. At twelve District meetings the general theme was 
for the consolidation of the RITE into one strong organization. The 
result of this will be seen in the years to come, starting with the coming 
in Officers who have already met twice to plan for the future. This is 
truly a step in the right direction. 

"1962 has again placed the Grand Chapter in the loss column for the 
second consecutive year. Many Chapters noting that this year was not 
going to show a gain decided to clear the dead wood from their member- 
ship rolls. 

"Reports from all of my Deputies show that there is a better and 
greater interest in Capitular Masonry now than there h2s been for many 
years. Each of the twelve Deputies made a fine report." 

It is most interesting and, indeed, unusual to observe the Benevolent 
Committee reporting: 

"During this fiscal year we have received no requests for assistance 
from anyone. Therefore we have made no investigations, and made no 
recommendations." 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Martin Nissen Gerhard. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. John Bridges Phelps. 



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Idaho 

The 55th Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch 
Masons of the State of Idaho was held at Lewiston, May 22-23, 1963. 

Chapters 21; Membership December 31, 1962 — 2,986; Net loss— 61. 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. John P. Halliwell, Jr. 

Grand Secretary: R.E. Comp. R. R. Fletcher. 

The Grand High Priest in his address reported: 

"One hundred years of history have now passed since the formation 
of the Idaho Territory and this noble area can claim its share in fostering 
those Masonic principles which have played such a glorious part in found- 
ing this Nation as well as bringing that which is 'good' to the Idaho 
Territory. 

"Every degree in Freemasonry builds character until we arrive at 
the Summit or the Royal Arch, where each individual is the Keystone to 
provide the leadership, which builds the Craft, with dignity and honor 
toward all mankind. 

"I have the utmost confidence in the future leaders these Capitular 
Degrees have and will wrought . . . 

"This is not the place for statistics, for we receive them in the 
reports. Idaho will show a loss of 61 members. The Ritualistic work is 
at a fairly high level. We can maintain interest, growth and attendance 
through good ritualistic work. In an endeavor to keep our opening cere- 
mony and degree ceremonies at an increasing high level, I wish to present 
to the Grand Chapter this trophy of an Idaho Territorial Centennial 
Medal. This trophy will be placed in the hands of our incoming Grand 
High Priest and with the council of the Grand Lecturer and the Deputy 
Lecturers, will be presented to the Chapter performing the best work in 
one of the degrees or opening ceremony during the year. The trophy will 
be surrendered by the winning Chapter at the next Grand Chapter Ses- 
sion, to be passed on or won again. The winning Chapter may keep the 
name plate at the base as permanent recognition. 
Suggested form for engraved plate on Trophy: 

Royal Arch Degree — 'Holiness to the Lord' 

Name of Chapter and Year 

Most Excellent — 'Received and Acknowledged' 

Past Master — 'Morality and Virtue' 

Mark Master — 'Good Work, Square Work, True Work' 

Opening Ceremony — 'Peace, Love and Unity' " 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Arthur M. Roberts. 

Grand Secretary: R.E. Comp. R. R. Fletcher. 

Illinois 

The 114th Annual Convocation of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of 
the State of Illinois was held in Chicago, May 17th and 18th, 1963. 

Chapters— Active 180, Vacant 109; Membership December 31st, 1962 
—29,508; Net loss 1,015. 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Ben H. Hall. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Lyle R. Melvin. 

One notes with interest from the Grand High Priest's address the 
following: 

"August 3, 4, 1962— The Most Worshipful Grand Master, Harold D. 
Ross, called a meeting of the heads of all the Masonic Organizations in 
the State at Springfield. This was a most interesting meeting and tend- 



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ed to cement the spirit of cooperation with all the bodies. Plans were 
also made for the Masonic Heritage week to be held in Chicago at the 
time of the Grand Lodge session. This was an outstanding event in 
Masonic History in Illinois and is planned to be an annual affair. 

"The outdoor meetings at Vandalia and Monmouth were presented 
with their usual good work and the interest shown is increasing, and I 
believe that much good will result from their continuation. 

"I had the pleasure of attending many Chapter days where all the 
degrees were conferred, and on numerous occasions, 20 or more candidates 
were exalted." 

The reply to the welcome given Companion Rev. Harold Bisbee 
(General Grand Chaplain), representing the General Grand High Priest 
M.E. Companion Martini, was most thought provoking, and I quote ex- 
cerpts as follows: 

"You know, you and I, as we share the benefits of Masonry, whether 
in this order or the others, did not earn this by ourselves. We do not 
deserve the privileges we share. We have received these at the hands of 
countless men who have made real sacrifices to give quality to this 
organization and if they are to have made their gift of sacrifice worthy 
then we must find a new way to add strength to all of Masonry. I urge 
you to remember that Masonry is not just an organization — it is a 
cause — a cause that sinks deep into the character of mankind. In the 
last fourteen years I have been in eighty-seven percent of the world 
and I have seen men killed because of their desire of freedom . . . 

"I was in Latin America a few years ago and, during my sojourn 
there, really had an inside views as to how some of these people, including 
our Masonic brethren, were fighting to retain their freedom. May I say 
to you that there are Masonic brethren in many parts of the world today 
who meet in moving lodge rooms at great danger. Let me share with 
you a story told to me by one of these older Masons whom I met. He was 
a man in his seventies who had been one of the early Masons of that 
nation and had been stoned seven times in relation to being caught at 
Masonic meetings. The first Master of that lodge, according to him, had 
been stoned in such brutal fashion that he actually died from the effects 
several days later. However, during the course of the incident, he had 
been taken from the room that had been destroyed to a little hut and 
laid on a bed of straw. His officers were standing around him and 
finally one of them said, 'We cannot continue this kind of sacrifice. Some 
of us do not even dare to go home and visit our families. Tell us whether 
we should forget the vow that we took to Masonry and go back and just 
become plain citizens and do our best to live the life that we know is 
right.' 

"Well, the Master of the Lodge looked up into their eyes, shook his 
head slightly and said, 'I cannot tell you this for, even if I did tell you 
to go home and forget you could not do it and, therefore, all that I can 
say to you is that if you are a true Mason you cannot go back to darkness 
after you have seen the light'." 

And from his general address also: 

"The last thing that I desire to deal with is this thing that Masons 
as a whole are magnificent men but the day that you get up in the morn- 
ing and do not pray to God that you become more devoted to Masonry is 
the day that you should have stayed in bed. There isn't a man alive that 
doesn't need to reaffirm, rededicate himself to the Masonic obligations. 
These are not obligations that you merely take at the altar and then 
forget about. These are things that you need to study every single day 
of your lives. I wish that you in your own way would develop a sense of 
dedication and, if you do and if you practice it daily, you will begin to 



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radiate a spirit of Masonic life like you have never radiated before. Men 
will come to you and indicate that they would like to have what you have, 
and, when you do, you can tell them about Masonry. 

"Therefore, I say to you this morning that what belong to you today 
is not really important — you cannot take it with you — but what you 
really belong to is the most precious thing in your life. If you belong 
to the United States of America, you ought to have unswerving loyalty; 
if you belong to your communities, you ought to have appreciations; if 
you belong to your Masonic lodge then you should belong in recognition 
of a respect of what Masonry has done for the world because it is one 
of the basic foundation forces of freedom; because it is a cause greater, 
a force greater than any other outside of God and the Christian church, 
and if you feel all of these then you do have the dedication you need." 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Ralph P. Hornbuckle. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Lyle R. Melvin. 

Indiana 

The 118th Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter Royal Arch 
Masons of the State of Indiana was held at Muncie, November 1 and 2, 
1963. 

Chapters 104; membership December 31, 1962— 25,309; net loss 504. 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Vaughn L. Townsend. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Earl B. Forney. 

The Grand High Priest obviously had been devoted and dedicated to 
his high office, as will be seen from his address, and I quote: 

" 'Again the shadow moveth o'er the dial-plate of time' and reminds 
us that another year has passed as we assemble at this the 118th Annual 
Convocation of the Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Indiana. Dur- 
ing the year we have shared in joy and love; we have trod the rugged 
path of shadows and sorrow. We now return to the origin of our journey 
to evaluate the results of our labors. 

"One year ago you elected me to serve as your Grand High Priest. I 
accepted that great honor with humility, conscious of my limitations in 
assuming the duties of this office. A year ago I told you 'that the right 
formula to get the correct answer consists of a four letter word, W-O-R-K, 
work not for you or me alone but together.' 

"I have worked hard, my Companions. I have worked with fervency 
and zeal to promote Masonry in Indiana, wrestling with concern far into 
the night and travelling thousands of miles. . . . 

"There are so many things to report it is difficult to know where to 
begin. But, begin we must! So let's look first at activity, the life blood 
of any organization. 

"Many of the Chapters in our state have been active. They have 
conducted regular meetings, exemplified degree work and sponsored 
social activities. On the basis of their accomplishments your Grand 
Chapter would show a substantial gain in membership and in sustaining 
vitality. These Chapters have shown a minimum loss of members through 
suspensions and demits. 

"Unfortunately, however, there are those Chapters that through 
lack of enthusiastic leadership will show a loss. 

"We need not show this loss this year, my Companions, if you will 
go back to your Chapters and WORK. There are two things you can do 
before the year closes: 

(1) collect delinquent dues, and 

(2) discourage demits. 



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"Only by personal contact can this be done effectively. Suspensions 
and demits are two of our biggest enemies. Do you realize that during the 
last five years we have had 1,561 suspensions and 1,685 demits, a total of 
3,246 members lost? This means that, had we held the suspensions and 
demits to a minimum, the Grand Chapter would have shown a substantial 
net gain. 

"You must agree that apathy and indifference have taken their toll. 
It is our responsibility as leaders to correct this situation. Together, let 
us work diligently to advance Capitular Masonry in our Grand Jurisdic- 
tion." 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Carl E. Shrader. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Earl B. Forney. 

Ireland 

The Stated Convocations of the Supreme Grand Royal Arch Chapter 
of Ireland are held at Freemasons' Hall, Dublin, on the first Wednesday 
in the months of February, May (at Armagh, 1983) and November, and 
the third Wednesday in June, at 8 p.m. 

Most Ex. and Supreme Grand King: Sydney Hanna, M.B.E. 

Right Ex. Grand Registrar: James 0. Harte. 

This Proceedings does not report membership statistics but in the 
main is a report from the various District Grand Chapters, namely, 
Antrim, Aramgh, Down, Londonderry, Donegal, Tyrone and Fermanagh, 
Munster, Meatn and North Connaught, North Munster, Wicklow and 
Wexford, South Eastern, The Midlands, South Africa, Northern, Southern 
Cape Province. Membership is referred to in their reports and it would 
appear that Royal Arch Masonry is flourishing in this Grand Jurisdic- 
tion as indicated by the following excerpts: 

"At the present time we have one hundred and thirty-one Chapters 
with a total membership on the rolls of approximately seven thousand, 
three hundred and during the year two hundred and forty-two for 
Exaltation were approved by the Inspection Committee of Belfast, Bally- 
mena and Larne." 

"The year 1962 has been on the whole a quiet one, with no outstand- 
ing events in my District. I am pleased to be able to report, however, 
that it has been a year of quiet progression. 

"The membership of most of the Royal Arch Chapters in my District 
has increased slightly, and contributions to our charities well maintained. 

"I am very pleased indeed to note that the new Supreme Grand 
Chapter Law increasing the period from six to twelve months before a 
candidate can be proposed for Royal Arch Masonry has been introduced. 
This has been an unwritten law in some of our Chapters for many years, 
and was unanimously acclaimed by all our Chapters." 

"The records show that, numerically, membership of all Chapters in 
the District remains virtually static in spite of the fact that every year 
we experience the loss of a number of our members through transfer of 
employment, etc. to parts outside our jurisdiction. It is particularly 
pleasing, however, to advise that the losses have been offet by new 
members entering the Chapters." 

It is inspiring to note South Africa, Northern, reporting: 

"I am happv to state that the District Grand Chapter under my 
jurisdiction is still carrying the flag of Royal Arch Masonry very high in 
this province, the Subordinate Chapters are indeed sound in membership 
and are increasing." 



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The Southern Cape Province: 

"The year under review has been a stimulating one and it affords 
me much pleasure to report that the work in the Chapters has been 
maintained on a high level of efficiency. It is particularly pleasing to 
note that the younger Companions are taking a great and growing 
interest in the ritual. 

"The Stated Convocations were well attended both by members and 
visiting Companions. It has been our aim to make our meetings attractive 
by the standard of working of the Chapters and in conferring of the 
degrees." 

Most Ex. and Supreme Grand King: Sydney Hanna, M.B.E. 

Right Ex. Grand Registrar: James 0. Harte. 

Louisiana 

The 116th Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter Royal Arch 
Masons of Louisiana was held in Monroe, March 11 and 12, 1963. 

Chapters 63; membership December 31, 1982^—10,350; net loss 43. 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Benjamin Franklin Barron. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Lee W. Harris. 

This Grand Chapter sustained a great loss in the death of its Grand 
High Priest, M.E. Comp. Robert W. Cretney, on March 26, 1962, and 
M.E. Comp. Barron was installed as Grand High Priest in his Chapter, 
Oak Grove No. 90, on April 12, 1962. 

Here again we find the Grand High Priest reporting, and I quote: 

"Throughout the year I have emphasized two facts: First, we must 
open the door to more Blue Lodge Masons; second, the back door to the 
Chapter must somehow be closed to prevent the present members from 
escaping. Ten years ago 623 were exalted to the sublime degree of Royal 
Arch Masons, this year we exalted only 285. Five years ago 457 were 
exalted in Louisiana and just two years ago 417 received the Royal Arch 
Degree in our state, while this year we sank to an all time low of 285. 
So, Companions, you can see where we will be in just a few years unless 
this trend is reversed. Companions, if Capitular Masonry is to survive 
we must put forth more effort than we have in the past several years." 

The Committee on the "State of the Order" also reported, in part: 

"We have shown a loss in the total members for three years con- 
secutively. This is most disturbing, and we feel that we should all stop 
and try to analyze what is going on. We agree with the Grand High 
Priest. You can see where we will be in a few years unless this trend is 
reversed. We might have to make a few minor adjustments to meet this 
modern way of life. It now remains for us, as members of the Craft, to 
qualify ourselves to meet them. If we will cooperate with each other and 
work diligently, then we have no fear for the future of Capitular 
Masonry in Louisiana." 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Ambers Jackson Lewis. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Lee W. Harris. 

Maine 

The 138th Annual Convocation of the Most Excellent Grand Royal 
Arch Chanter of Maine was held at Portland, on Mav 8, 1963. 

Chapters 69; membership March 1, 1963—11,554; net loss 253. 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comn. Bem'amin Butler. 

Grand Secretarv: M.E. Comp. Earle D. Webster. 

The address of the Grand High Priest contained many inspiring 
passages, and I quote: 



". . . . let us thank the Great I Am for the manifold blessings which 
He has bestowed upon us. Let us have faith in God; hope in our ability to 
walk uprightly in His sight; charity or love in our feelings toward all 
mankind. Especially, Companions, may we transmit to others that which 
has been imparted to us — the importance and the sacredness of Truth. 
'To thine ownself be true, and it must follow as the night the day, thou 
canst not then be false to any man.' 

"Let us honor the cornerstone of our organization, and may the 
lessons illustrated by our degrees be burnt upon our souls, guiding us in 
our secular activities. . . . 

"Let us take time to evaluate our way of life and to live in a mean- 
ingful manner. Not for naught did the stone which the builders rejected 
become the head of the corner. Our cornerstones are the officers in all 
our fraternal bodies. To you and to the other Companions present I 
extend greetings. May we all gain something from this assembly and 
from our exchange of fraternal friendship. 

"Companions, we are today living in a world of credit; individually 
and collectively, locally and nationally. When we read our daily news- 
paper how forcibly we are reminded of those words: 'Neither a borrower 
nor a lender be, for loan oft loseth both itself and friend, and borrowing 
dulls the edge of husbandry.' 

"What better compass can be found to guide us through this chaotic 
and ever-changing way of life than the lessons taught in our capitular 
degrees ? These lessons, as- enunciated in our Chanter halls, are exempli- 
fied to all the world by the way and manner in which we put those lessons 
into daily practice. 

"Though our numbers seem to be decreasing year by year, such loss 
in membership should not cause us* to lose heart. Rather, we should con- 
sider whether or not each of us is doing what he should in the proper 
manner, time and place. The degrees in Capitular Masonry instruct us 
how best to mold our characters. 

"Today we are in need of men able to guide us through the rough 
sea of power politics, personal and national greed, hate, fear and envy. 
Men, aware of their responsibilities and trained to help improve the 
weaknesses and frailities of human nature." 

The Committee on the "Condition of the Fraternity" reported: 

"However distasteful it is for us to admit it. it is plainly evident that 
our decrease in membership in recent years is Hirectlv caused by a gen- 
eral lack of interest among our members. Although our exaltations 
usually are equal to, or larger, than our loss by deaths, our affiliations 
and reinstatements are far below our demits and suspensions. 

"The reports of our inspecting officers', who make their visits at 
dates appointed far in advance and witness degree work of above average 
quality, still point out to us a lack of enthusiasm and interest among the 
officers and members of our Chanters. Our attendance average is lower 
than last year, 16.5. and as this item on our inspection reports refers to 
the records of the full year, we cannot blame all of this condition to un- 
favorable traveling conditions in the winter." 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Horace A. Pratt. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Earle D. Webster. 



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Manitoba 

The 40th Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch 
Masons of Manitoba was held at Winnipeg on February 13, 1963. 

Chapters 18; membership December 31, 1962 — 2,345; net loss 3. 

Grand First Principal: M.E. Comp. Sidney Bowman. 

Grand Scribe E.: M.E. Comp. C. J. Hutching*?. 

The address of M.W. Bro. Sherman H. Dayton, Grand Master of the 
Grand Lodge of Manitoba, is most thought-provoking and it is significant 
that he concluded as follows: 

"Likewise, we in Craft Masonry are at times alarmed by the in- 
creasing number of concordant bodies of Freemasonry. Could it be that 
we should re-examine our thinking and with the attainment of the 
objective of Freemasonry in mind, rather than the title or ritual used, 
evaluate the worth of such bodies? Organized Royal Arch Masonry has 
existed from almost the beginning of organized Craft Masonry and has 
paralleled its progress. The Articles of Union of 1813 recognize it to be 
an integral part of Freemasonry — its history is interwoven with that of 
Craft Masonry. Prior to the Union of 1813 it was supported by one 
Grand Body and not recognized by the other, and yet practised by both, 
officially in one — unofficially in the other. At the time of the Union in 
1813 there were more Chapters in lodges under the jurisdiction of the 
Modern Grand Lodge where recognition was denied than in the Ancient 
Grand Lodge where Royal Arch Masonry had the official blessing, and 
the union of the two Supreme Grand Chapters followed shortly the union 
of the Grand Lodges. Royal Arch Masonry has shared the fortunes and 
misfortunes' of Craft Masonry, has persisted and thrived over the cen- 
turies, a sure indication that it serves a great and useful purpose in 
society. 

"In conclusion, it is my happy privilege to extend to the Royal Arch 
Masons the best wishes of the Grand Lodige of Manitoba, A.F. & A.M., 
and express the hope that you may have a fruitful convocation and long 
continue to render outstanding service to the cause of Ancient Free- 
masonry." 

The Grand Z's address indicates that he gave unstintingly of his 
time and talents to his responsibilities, particularly to the Chanters in 
his jurisdiction, and gave addresses' on the following significant features: 
The New Order; Whither are we directing our Course: Masonrv consists 
of the three degrees and the Holy Roval Arch; The lessons of the Holy 
Royal Arch; Masonry is a Progressive Science; and many others. 

M.E. Comp. Bowman also made many visits to other Grand Jurisdic- 
tions and we of the Grand Chanter of Canada in the Province of Ontario 
were most happy to receive him on April 10 and 11, 1963. 

The report of the Committee on the Condition of Capitular Masonry 
struck a significant note, and we quote: 

". . . May your committee suggest that, as there were thirty-eight 
suspensions and thirtv withdrawals, a total of sixty-eip'ht, special atten- 
tion he given by ^11 Principals, especiallv the sitting Principals, to these 
conditions. Are these caused by ourselves i^ not selling Royal Arch 
Masonrv? Are we falling down on one of the most important things 
when our candidates are admitted to our ranks bv not r^allv making them 
welcome with the outstretched hand and a smile that lights up the eve? 
Are we as sponsors following up those whom we hriner in and seeing" that 
they are well established in some activitv of the Chanter? Are we trving 
to give them a good Masonic education bv the best exemnlific^tion of our 
own endeavors by making sure we are giving our best in whatever we 



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do? It is suggested that Chapters delegate a few members to welcome 
all who are attending and have another committee to visit those whose 
attendance has slipped in the past and try to find out what their interest 
is and endeavor to smooth out any differences if there be any, and that 
we all always remember we are our brother's keeper and that the spread 
of brotherly love, relief and truth is our aim." 

Elections — 

Grand First Principal: M.E. Comp. Walter A. Maguire. 

Grand Scribe E.: M.E. Comp. Cecil J. Hutchings. 

Maryland 

The 166th Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch 
Masons of Maryland was held at Baltimore on May 14, 1963. 

Chapters 27; membership March 31, 1963—7,351; net loss 12. 
Acting Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Carl J. Wisner. 
Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. D. Ross Vansant Jr. 

This Grand Chapter was greatly saddened by the death of its Grand 
High Priest, namely, M.E. Comp. Harry F. Robinson, on December 12, 
1962. 

The Acting Grand High Priest, in his report, was concerned regard- 
ing the approach of Chapters to membership, and I quote: 

"One hundred and twenty-six Companions were suspended. This cut 
deeply into our chances for a nice gain this past term. One Chapter must 
have cleaned house of dead wood, because they suspended thirty-three, or 
15 per cent, of their membership. We shall inquire about this unusually 
large suspension and suggest that a reinstatement project be initiated. 

"So, to us, the closing of this term means the beginning of a new 
term, in which we shall endeavor to add to the momentum caused by the 
several large classes of candidates held this past year and bring to those 
of our High Priest, who request it, our service, that in some measure we 
may aid him to realize the pleasure of a more productive term and help 
him to discover for his Chapter and for himself a 'Year of Achieve- 
ments'." 

It is worthy of note to all of us that the Grand Lecturer in his report 
stated, in part: 

"In Masonry, as in every walk of life, there are different types of 
people. Some have outstanding abilities but are too lazy to apply them- 
selves, others have little if any ability, but failing to realize it, seek 
honors they are not capable of earning, while another group use their 
abilities to assist others in many ways and do not think of any reward 
they might receive. It is a privilege to work with the latter group who are 
capable and always willing to help. The first type presents a challenge, 
that of motivating them to help others improve themselves in Masonry in 
general and in Capitular Masonrv in particular. The second group pre- 
sents the most serious problem. Bv inference and by direct statements 
they have been told they are not G.H.P. material, or at least of perform- 
ing the required duties, and yet thev want the honor, and we, misinter- 
preting the word charitv, permit them to receive undeserved honors. I 
used the title G.H.P. because every P.H.P. is a potential G.H.P." 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Carl J. Wisner. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. D. Ross Vansant Jr. 



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Michigan 

The 115th Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter Royal Arch 
Masons of Michigan was held in Port Huron on October 25 and 26, 1963. 

Chapters 146; membership December 27, 1962—28,763; net loss 592. 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Harry G. Moak. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Orlow J. Myers. 

The Grand High Priest was most diligent in the discharge of his 
important duties and his address to Grand Chapter established this 
beyond question. Excerpts therefrom are as follows: 

"For many years the District Deputy system has been placed annual- 
ly under the direction of the new Deputy High Priest with the result that 
many worthwhile ideas expired before having an opportunity to prove 
their worth. While it is understandable that an energetic and dynamic 
personality would logically place emphasis on his particular point of 
view, this constantly changing philosophy has brought with it consider- 
able confusion among the District Deputies and has made a stable pro- 
gram of continuing education difficult to achieve. After a careful exam- 
ination of the situations with Grand King Russell A. Chrest and Grand 
Scribe Dick C. Holihan, it was decided that an attempt should be made to 
provide some sort of executive control of the system which could be con- 
tinued from year to year, if satisfactory, and thus effect continuity of 
purpose. Following this decision, I appointed P.G.H.P. Lawrence W. Lar- 
sen as Executive Director of the District Deputy System and charged 
him to take full responsibility in the development of this most important 
link between Grand Chapter and our individual Chapters. I am happy to 
report to you that great strides have been taken in this direction and that 
Most Excellent Companion Larsen, working in close harmony with your 
Grand King, Russell A. Chrest, has given generously of his organizational 
ability and wide experience and I am confident that our District Deputy 
instructors will recognize and appreciate the value of the program he has 
prepared for them. . . . 

"At considerable time and effort on the part of your Grand High 
Priest and an insignificant cost to Grand Chapter, a letter was composed 
and distributed to each Chapter in Michigan in each of the first four 
months of this administration. A sincere effort was made to keep these 
constructive and free from extraneous matter and provisions were in- 
cluded for a calendar of important capitular events so that you could be 
kept informed of current affairs. It soon became apparent that the re- 
ception these letters received did not warrant the expenditure of time 
and money to distribute them nor were many Chapters interested in tak- 
ing advantage of the offer to publicize their affairs. Consequently, the 
letters were discontinued with the February issue. . . . 

"As you will recall, legislation was adopted by the last Grand Con- 
vocation to eliminate the office of Deputy Grand High Priest. It was 
therefore necessary to amend the Articles of Incorporation (Act No. 48, 
Public Acts, 1895) of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of 
Michigan with respect to Section 2 of said Articles. After due inouiry, 
and through the cooperation of our Grand Secretary and P.G.H.P. Law- 
rence W. Larsen, the matter was placed in the hands of the Hon. Rollo 
G. Conlin, member of the Michigan House of Representatives, who has 
given his assurance that the matter will be introduced to the legislature 
at the first opportunity. We airnreciate Brother Conlin's helpfulness and 
are confident that through his good office the subject will reach a 
successful conclusion. . . . 

"I have been informed, and it has come to my attention, that a 
booklet is being distributed in this Grand Jurisdiction and presented in 
such a manner that it appears that it is an authorized official publication 



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of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Michigan, which you will 
note is emphatically not. It is the Mark Master Mason degree. It has 
been printed completely in long hand and absolutely without any authority 
of this Grand Chapter. 

"I urge you, I direct you and I command to the full extent of my 
power that you not have any of these in your possession. If you have any 
on hand, dispose of them. If you have any opportunity to purchase them, 
do not do so. This is unauthorized, it is spurious, it is completely un- 
ethical and contrary to our Grand Chapter law. I call it to your attention 
at this time." 

It is interesting to observe that the Public Relations Committee re- 
ported, in part: 

"Hence once again the use of our publicity brochure which presents 
a number of suggested releases was stressed, because the High Priest or 
his committee, if he is alert to every situation, will find listed therein a 
release which can be used for almost any feature event staged during the 
capitular year. 

"For the 25th consecutive year an ample biographical sketch, together 
with a matrix or engraving, of our incoming Most Excellent Grand High 
Priest Russell A. Chrest was prepared and mailed to all newspapers in 
Michigan and to Michigan's Masonic publications. 

"In this fashion we were able to reach 150 dailies and weeklies and 
eight or nine Masonic publications, which is really an excellent coverage 
of one of Royal Arch Masonry's most important releases. . . . 

"In addition to this there are two special brochures, one setting forth 
every publicity need, and the second offering effective suggestions for 
the promotion of Royal Arch Masonry in the area of every Chapter. 
These were made available to the Committee for the Advancement of the 
Royal Arch, and we understand that they have been more than beneficial 
whenever used. 

"We close our report by bringing to the attention of Grand Chapter 
that several state-wide Royal Arch news releases were sent to both the 
secular and Masonic press of the state through the medium of the Michi- 
gan Masonic Press Association, and they deserve our continued support 
and our heartfelt gratitude." 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Russell A. Chrest. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Orlow J. Myers. 

Minnesota 

The 102nd Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch 
Masons of Minnesota was held in St. Paul on September 20 and 21, 1963. 

Chapters 71; membership September 1, 1963 — 15,573; net loss 385. 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Clarence W. Fagerstrom. 

Grand Secretary: R.E. Comp. Emil A. Wold. 

The Grand High Priest in his address made some potent observations, 
and I quote: 

"As we embark upon this 102nd Grand Convocation let us consider 
for a moment our course. The first Grand High Priest of Minnesota was 
elected on December 17, 1859. Since that time with two exceptions it has 
convened each year. Through good times and bad times, through wars 
and rumors of wars, through periods when countless organizations have 
sprung up, flourished and died, still our Craft has continued forward. 
There have been periods of rapid advance and there have been periods of 
decline and recession. Usually the periods of decline could be attributed 
to economic causes. However, Companions today are living in a period of 



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unprecedented prosperity and yet our feeling of well-being has been 
shaken. There is a feeling of unrest among us. We are looking at each 
other and asking questions. What is happening in this rapidly changing 
world? Why do all the Chapters experience difficulty in finding of- 
ficers? Why are not more men interested in their labors? Why do so 
many officers of our Chapters fail to properly memorize our beautiful 
ritual? 

"Could it be possible that we have become complacent because of 
our recent growth? Could it be possible that we feel that the need for 
brotherhood has diminished ? Do we feel that we do not want to assume 
responsibility ? 

"This' subject has been discussed in officers' meetings and at most 
meetings of Grand Bodies, but a solution has not yet presented itself. 

"Most Masons and Royal Arch Masons, when they are exalted, are 
told that with the great privilege of becoming Masons they assume the 
responsibility of perpetuating the Craft. Honest labor in the vineyards 
is needed and expected of them if the Craft is to continue to shed its 
beneficient influence among men. 

"Herbert Hoover said, 'We need to add to the three Rs, namely, 
Reading, Riting and Rithmetic, a fourth — "Responsibility." ' There are 
other Rs that could be added, among them Resolution, Respect and 
Reverence. These are ingredients that must be included in any life of 
high character and quality. Nothing of desirable consequences comes 
early or without effort and that Masonic membership is not an irre- 
sponsible interlude, but a schooling, a training ground, a place for learn- 
ing, an obligation and an opportunity. 

"Purposeful living comes with developing talents, character and op- 
portunity and in accepting real responsibility with reverence and respect. 

"Companions, as Masons we are members of the largest, the oldest, 
the most wide spread and the most respected organization in the world. 
As Royal Arch Masons we are grouped under one head but on a world- 
wide scone. Let us, in all seriousness, assume the responsibility of the 
great privilege and opportunity that is ours, so that we may promote, to 
the utmost of our power, the great end of our institution." 

The Committee on the State of the Rite reported, and I quote in 
part: 

"In reporting to you on the State of the Rite we again realize that a 
declining trend in Masonic membership has made its appearance in almost 
every section of our land and has become a truly worrisome factor, so 
much so that the situation should be carefully explored and an heroic 
attempt made to stem this tide in Minnesota. 

"Such a task, however, does not rest entirelv with any one particular 
committee beraus*?., without the aid of the Officers and Comnanions of our 
constituent Chapters, we cannot and will not move forward. 

"Free Masonrv, as* it exists today, is part of a stream of culture 
flowing through the ages, heir to all the past and priceless treasures 
from innumerable ancestors. More than that, it is a rustodian of the 
social value of the free land, of collective effort and individual responsi- 
bility, to tolerance in opinion, and equality in opportunity. 

"This is our challenge, since the verv beginning a great deal of our 
strength as a fraternitv has stemmed from a reverence for religion, a 
proner practice of natriotism. a respect for the social virtues, the nlacing 
of the homeland ahovp politics and, withall, a true forbearance for the 
faults and foibles of all mankind. 

"We in Minnesota ao-oin face a loss this year in the membership roll 
of Royal Arch Masons. WHY? 



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"The strength of any Chapter is dependent on the aggressive capa- 
bilities of its officers and Companions from within the organization and 
the cooperativeness of the other bodies from without. . . We must also 
bear in mind that a close relationship with the Grand Lodge should always 
be kept in the forefront as we are entirely dependent upon this body for 
the success of our Chapters. . . 

"Attendance and interest in the local Chapters has fallen off. News, 
sports, movies and other programs has been brought into our homes via 
television and has taken too much of our interest from our lodge meet- 
ings. It therefore becomes necessary for the officers and especially the 
High Priest of every constituent Chapter to create interest which will 
bring out the membership. Ritualistic work should be of such a calibre as 
to make members look forward to such occasions. In addition special 
programs should be planned . . . 

"In closing we would like to end with this one remark: Obviously 
there are great numbers of Royal Arch Masons on our rosters but many 
of them are wholly inactive and today's most important task is to regen- 
erate Royal Arch interest in this great segment of our membership. That 
accomplished, most other problems will disappear overnight." 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Harold L. Eastlund. 

Grand Secretary: R.E. Comp. Emil A. Wold. 

Missouri 

The 117th Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter Royal Arch 
Masons of the State of Missouri was held at Columbia on April 23, 1963. 

Chapters 104; membership December 31, 1962— 22,370'; net loss 318. 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. A. Basey Vanlandingham. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Bruce H. Hunt. 

Here, again, we find a Grand High Priest concerned in the field of 
membership, in that he reported, in part: 

"If we measure our condition by the loss or gain of membership we 
are not in the best of shape. We have continued a loss which began in 
1958 by again losing some 318 members. 

While we gained 862 by exaltation, affiliation and reinstatement, we 
were losing 1,180. This is not good, particularly since 455 of these were 
by suspension. This could very well be because many Chapters promptly 
forget men once they become members. 

"It seems to me that a great deal of attention should be given to re- 
taining a man's membership once he has been persuaded to join. 

"While I am greatly disappointed in the loss mentioned above, I 
have every confidence that Royal Arch Masonry will snap back into a 
thriving organization. I shall, in the future, devote what small talent I 
may have to that purpose." 

The Grand Lecturer also concluded his report to Grand Chapter with 
the following: 

"In conclusion, my Companions, it is my fervent hope that we may 
have such a uniformity in ritual, such a uniformity and concentration in 
effort that the presentations of our teachings and our way of life will be 
so indelibly impressed upon the minds of our new Companions, that Royal 
Arch Masonry will again be on the march in Missouri." 

M.E. Comp. Edwin A. Martini, General Grand High Priest, was the 
speaker at the Grand Chapter banquet. His address contains many gems 
of wisdom, such as: 

"We talk Masonry, we're not concerned with who joins the Royal 



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Arch, we're concerned with who becomes a Mason, and if we have any- 
thing to offer in Capitular Masonry beyond the philosophy of the three 
degrees which we commonly call the Blue Lodge throughout the entire 
world, then men will associate themselves with us voluntarily and we 
decry membership drives in ours or any other organization recognized by 
any Grand Lodge. It is our firm belief that men should bear the proud 
rank and file of a Mason with honor, and as they walk and as they con- 
duct themselves in what they do is worthy of emulation, others will fol- 
low, and if we are weak, if any of you so believe, then the weakness is a 
result of uncleanliness and slovenliness in stature and practice." 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest — M.E. Comp. Leonard V. Bowers. 

Grand Secretary — M.E. Comp. Bruce H. Hunt. 

Montana 

The 74th Annual Convocation of the Most Excellent Grand Chapter 
of Royal Arch Masons of the State of Montana was held at Helena on 
June 12, 1963. 

Chapters 33; membership December 31, 1962— -4,939; net loss 22. 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Charles E. Borberg. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. William A. Thaanum. 

The Grand High Priest, in his address, must have caused his Com- 
panions to give thought to their individual responsibilities in that he 
stated, and I quote in part: 

"... I am a little concerned with the continued loss in membership 
that we have shown for the past few years, but I do think that the future 
is brighter and with that fervency and zeal which is characteristic of 
Royal Arch Masons on the part of all of onr Companions, Royal Arch 
Masonry will have the opportunity of exalting to the sublime degree of 
the Royal Arch an increasing number of brothers who will seek to gain 
admission into our highly select group. . . 

"In my travels and visitations throughout the State of Montana I 
have become aware of the many common problems facing our Masonic 
lodges and Royal Arch Chapters, and I have come to the conclusion that 
these problems are closely tied to the problems facing our State. The vast 
size, the small population, the shift from a rural to an urban economy 
and with it a resulting political lag affect every phase of our life, includ- 
ing our fraternal associations. We have witnessed a great many technical 
and scientific changes during the past few years and we have noted the 
tremendous impact they have had upon our lives. I predict that in the next 
few years we will see great changes in our political organization such 
as the consolidation of counties, school districts and other governmental 
devisions. 

"The political and cultural climate of this country in the years fol- 
lowing its founding was highly favorable to the expansion of the Masonic 
fraternity throughout the land. I think that it is very important that all 
Masons take the lead in reestablishing a favorable climate in our political 
and cultural environment so that Masonrv will maintain its influence 
upon our political leaders of the future with as much effect as it has 
upon our past history," 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Wilber L. Squires. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. William A. Thaanum. 



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The Netherlands 

This Grand Chapter held its Annual Convocation on July 1, 1963. 

Grand First Principal: M.E. Comp. Prof. Dr. J. Kok. 

Grand Scribe E.: R.E. Comp. K. L. Jacobs. 

It appears to have 14 Chapters under its jurisdiction, with a mem- 
bership of 972, and continues to flourish under energetic and talented 
leadership. 

New Brunswick 

The 76th Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch 
Masons of New Brunswick was held in St. John on June 27, 1963. 

Chapters 12; membership December 31, 1962 — 1,476; net loss 35. 

First Grand Principal: M.E. Comp. Waldo Y. Leeman. 

Grand Scribe E.: M.E. Comp. Roy E. Crawford. 

The Grand Z. in his address recommended, and I quote: 

"In conclusion, I would like to recommend that the following be 
carried out: 

"(1) Greater attention be paid by the officers of Subordinate Chap- 
ters to the ritual during rehearsals. 

"(2) That the Ritual Committees of the Chapters attend rehearsals 
and point out any errors made during the rehearsal. 

"(3) That the Grand District Superintendents attend more of the 
Chapter meetings in their District, either officially or unofficially, and 
point out to the officers of the Chapters any variations in the degrees or 
in the opening and closing of the Chapters. Here I would strongly recom- 
mend that the District Superintendents hold a meeting early in the fall 
and go through our ritual from cover to cover with members of the 
Executive Committee, then carry their findings back to the Chapters in 
their own Districts. During the past year I have seen several Chapters 
open and close as well as working the various degrees and it is amazing 
to see the different variations in the different Chapters. Granted these 
variations have been taking place for the last twenty to thirty years and 
it is not going to be an easy thing to change, but we have rituals all 
printed alike; let's all follow that ritual." 

I observed with great interest that a member of our Grand Execu- 
tive, namely, R. Ex. Comp. Stanley Portch, was a guest at this Grand 
Chapter Convocation and, at its annual banquet, gave an outstanding 
address, which deserves our commendation and study. Space precludes 
reference in its entirety but excerpts thereof are worthy of practical ap- 
plication by all, and I quote: 

"Our sense of values are becoming ridiculously distorted — yet — we 
who are Masons, are most fortunate to have a tangible pattern of be- 
haviour laid down for our guidance which can, and will, if we let it, 
direct our paths in a serene and dignified manner in our day to day living. 
It is within our abilities through our Masonic teachings to find a pat- 
tern of tranquility and by our example transmit this tranquility to 
others. . . 

"Whether man lives rightly or wrongly he must have GOD in his life. 
He must have a strong concept of the Divine Presence. Man needs that 
bulwark, that strength, to support him in his hour of adversity, and let's 
not be naive, we all have those adverse hours. . . . 

"Masonrv in all its brances is now and has been for many generations 
a wonderful force for good. We must, however, guard against complacency 
in the changing pattern of today's living with all its counter attractions. 
We need to have a deep sense of loyalty to our Chapters. We need active, 



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capable leaders, not only in Grand Chapter but in every Chapter of the 
jurisdiction. Our degrees should be performed as close to perfection as is 
humanly possible. If we expect to increase our membership, and this is a 
very vital thing, then we must make our degrees interesting to all mem- 
bers. . . . 

"What action should we take? I submit the following suggestions: 

"(1) Attend regularly. 

"(2) Take another member with us when we go to Chapter. 

"(3) When asked to do work — do our very best. 

"(4) Endeavour to extend the hand of Companionship to as many 
brother Masons as we know. 

"(5) If we want to sit back and let others do the work, then we 
should not criticize; we should instead offer encouragement. Don't be 
afraid to give a pat on the back — it sometimes works- wonders. 

"(6) We should know our ritual, even though we never do any work 
in Chapter. How can we hope to get anything out of Royal Arch Masonry 
if we don't thoroughly understand what it is ail about. It's the old story — 
'we get out of it just what we put into it,' and believe me, Companions, if 
you work at the Royal Craft you will be rewarded a thousandfold, and I 
speak from experience. 

"Finally — believe fully in what you are doing, have Faith, strong, 
unshakeable Faith, and you will prevail over all obstacles." 

And finally: 

" 'We are building the house with the Lord's help, and we know we 
are not laboring in vain.' Companions, if I can leave one thought with 
you tonight it would be this: 'Have strong, firm convictions that our or- 
ganization can and will prevail — GOD is with us. Let us show the world 
we are with HIM.' " 

"M.E. Malcolm F. Eagles thanked Rt. Ex. Stanley Portch for a very 
inspiring address and for travelling so far to be with us today. He then 
made him an H.P.G.J." 

Elections — 

First Grand Principal: M.E. Comp. Malcolm F. Eagles. 

Grand Scribe E.: M.E. Comp. Ronald D. Baird. 

Grand Scribe E. emeritus: M.E. Comp. Roy E. Crawford. 

New Hampshire 

The 144th Annual Convocation of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of 
the State of New Hampshire was held in Portsmouth on May 11, 1963. 

Chapters 26; membership April 1, 1963—3,423; net loss 39. 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. George B. Ward. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Hiram W. Johnson. 

It is interesting Masonic history to observe that the Grand High 
Priest reported, in part: 

"Once again we are privileged to assemble at the close of another 
capitular year and I extend to you all a most cordial welcome to this, our 
144th Annual Convocation. 

Here in this historic city of Portsmouth, founded in 1623, and where 
Free masonry under the British flag was established in 1736 and Royal 
Arch Masonry has flourished continuously since 1816, we are proud to 
welcome the Grand Chapter of New Hampshire here to this seaport town 
where more Royal Arch Masons reside than in any other place in New 
Hampshire. 



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"It is with a deep sense of pride that I extend to our distinguished 
guests from other jurisdictions a hearty welcome. May your stay with us 
be most pleasant and may you carry home with you our fraternal greet- 
ings to your Grand Chapters. 

"To the representatives of our concordant Masonic bodies in New 
Hampshire I greet you most sincerely and trust that our united efforts 
may bring to New Hampshire Freemasonry a greater realization of the 
purposes of our fraternity." 

And, also, later: 

"During the past year it has 1 been my privilege to visit every Chap- 
ter in New Hampshire. 

"While it has taken a lot of time, I feel that every minute has more 
than repaid me for sacrifice made in traveling over the state. In every 
Chapter I was received and accorded every honor due this office. The 
many new friendships made will last for years to come and assist in 
cementing Capitular Masonry in New Hampshire." 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Gordon H. Baker. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Hiram W. Johnson. 

New Jersey 

The 106th Annual Convocation of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of 
the State of New Jersey was held in Trenton on May 4, 1963. 

Chapters 51 and one U.D.; membership, 1962 — 8.407; net loss 276. 
Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Lee B. Smith. 
Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Harry R. Pine. 

The Grand High Priest in his address struck a significant note, and I 
quote in part: 

"Again, our grand Secretary will report a large loss in membership, 
a loss of 276. Only 13 Chapters showed a gain while 36 showed losses of 
from three to 35. Death took its toll of 249 members and there is nothing 
we can do to stay death's hand; but our suspensions amounted to 208. I 
am of the firm opinion that much of this loss can be prevented. Let us 
exhibit some of the brotherly love and companionship of which we boast 
and make a friendly call on the delinquent to find why he has lost interest. 
I can assure you that this will be more effective than a cold printed 
notice from the Secretary that he is about to be suspended. Hold the 
interest of the newly exalted Companion. Give him some work to do. 
Make him feel that he is part of the Chapter and is wanted. 

"On the brighter side, I believe we have reached low-water mark and 
that conditions will improve. There are rustlings in the dead leaves and, 
if one looks, he will find shoots of new growth pushing up: Our total 
exaltations were 269 and only nine of our Chapters had none. Palisade 
Chapter, No. 60, has achieved a 10 per cent increase, and Amboy Chap- 
ter, No. 41, has repeated for the second year. Certificates will be pre- 
sented to these Chapters later in our program. The efforts of our Grand 
Lecturer and District Deputies are bearing fruit as better and better work 
is being done in the Chapters. Good work will attract and hold member- 
ship. 

"In all my visitations I have preached on the theme of the three Ds: 
Dignity, Decorum and Dedication. I flatter myself that it has had some 
effect. Without enlarging on this subject, I mean dignified degree work, 
decorum in the conduct of our meetings and dedication of the member- 



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ship to the promotion of our rite. Progress is slow, but I hope and believe 
that it will snow-ball and that Capitular Masonry will come into its own." 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. J. Howard Haring. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Harry R. Pine. 

New York 

The 166th Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of the State of 
New York Royal Arch Masons was held at Albany on February 7 and 8, 
1963. 

Chapters 210.; membership December 27, 1962— 3'0,634; net loss 783. 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Walter L. Hunt. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. George A. Lambert. 

The Grand High Priest's address is a masterful one and I regret it 
cannot be quoted in full because of space. However, the following ex- 
cerpts are worthy of not only study but application by all Royal Arch 
Masons. 

"Nothing, my Companions, can take the place of WORK! It is the 
indispensable ingredient for success in your Chapter. Some of you have 
heard me speak on Nehemiah who was a contemporary in the time of 
Zerubbabel. As a trusted member of the King's Court, Nehemiah re- 
quested and received permission to return to Jerusalem to assist in re- 
building the walls. It was a stupendous task and there were many ob- 
stacles. They were surrounded by hostile tribes, former enemies who 
ridiculed, taunted, threatened and attacked them. Nehemiah, however, 
was a great leader with executive abilities. He had enthusiasm and de- 
votion, assigning certain portions of the work to certain families living 
near. He worked out a system of communication so that on attack they 
could really resist. Every man was armed with a trowel in one hand and 
a sword in the other, and the significant work from Nehemiah 4: 6 is 
this: 'Then built we the wall . . . for the people had a mind to work.' 

"Here is the secret of their success, and the success of any individual 
Chapter as well as our Grand Chapter, in fact all of Masonry today is 
faced with a great challenge which can only be met — when the people 
(the Companions) have a mind to work. 

'What you can do — or think you can — begin it. 
Only engage, and then the mind grows heated, 
Begin it! and the work will be completed. ' 

— Goethe 

"Nothing can take the place of WORK. I hope that if you remember 
nothing else from the Grand Chapter Convocation, as you report to your 
individual Chapters, you will remember: 'Then built we the wall . . . for 
the people had a mind to work ' 

"Naturally a sense of frustration comes to your Grand High Priest 
as he comes to the end of his term. So many things have not been com- 
pleted, so many Chapters have not been challenged to do their best, so 
many Companions have not been activated to work and cooperation, but 
there is a real sense of joy and pleasure that here and there, across the 
State. Chapters are thriving, succeeding, shedding further liVht and 
knowledge, and always in these situations, you may be sure, THERE IS 
WORK. 

"It has been one of mv purposes this vear to express the concern of 
Grand Chanter not only for the constituent Chapter, but also for our 
membership. Early in the year I becran writing a nersonal letter to every- 
one of the Companions suspended from the Chanters in 1961. Somewhere 
our Grand Chapter has failed to maintain its contacts, to show our 



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interest, to enter into real companionship in their joys and in their trials. 
The replies that have come to me have been well worth the effort, and I 
am sure that some restorations have been made. Each Chapter as well as 
Grand Chapter should be vitally concerned to prevent suspensions — 
DONT LET IT HAPPEN." 

The report of the Committee on Masonic Education and Service is 
one filled with down to earth and much needed advice, as the following 
proves: 

"WORK— WORK— WORK " 

"The word 'work' is an important one in Masonry. 'Operative' is also 
an important word in Masonry. It means engaged in, or doing work. The 
vital force of Masonry is the determination of Masons to work in 
Masonry, and therefore to make Masonry work in their lives. 

"We want Masonry to be a force for good in every community. The 
pattern by which Masons build is in the ritual of Masonry. But the hands 
and the hearts with which to build must be those of the Mason who 
understands well that a pattern, however wonderful, is a guide for the 
benefit of the earnest worker. 

"We want Masonry to be a strong factor in the goal of Universal 
Brotherhood. A troubled world may hide the hopes and dreams of mil- 
lions who are imprisoned intellectually and spiritually by the iron hand of 
tyranny. Yet it remains for Masonry and Masons to keep alive the spirit 
of brotherly love by working as though tomorrow may bring about the 
release of those who dream and cannot voice their hopes and aspirations. 

"We want Masonry to stand for all that it has stood for in the past. 
We want it to be the strong advocate of individual freedom, the very 
symbol of all that unites men into a sacred society, and we want Masonry's 
voice to be heard in protest against any and all forms of dictatorship. All 
of this we want, and all of this we can achieve. But nothing is gained 
without effort and our earnest desires must be ;oined with willingness to 
work. 

"Let's work for the things we so earnestly seek." 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Victor A. Fields. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. George A. Lambert. 

New Zealand 

The 71st Annual Convocation of the Supreme Grand Royal Arch 
Chapter of New Zealand was held at Auckland on February 13, 1963. 
Chapters 98; membership September 30, 1962—7,466; net loss 9. 
First Grand Principal: M.E. Comp. Ross Hepburn. 
Grand Scribe E.: R.E. Comp. W. G. Webster. 

The first Grand Principal's address is most interesting and indicative 
of his devotion to the Royal Craft. I quote portions of it as follows: 

"During the year I have visited every District and have been well 
received on all occasions. I wish to express my gratitude to the Grand 
Superintendent of the various Districts for the excellent arrangements 
made for my reception and for the hospitality extended to myself and my 
sister. . . 

"Most of my visits were arranged to coincide with regular meetings 
of Chapters and I was able to witness both degree work and installations. 

"It is pleasing and encouraging to see the number of younger Com- 
panions who have joined our Chapters in recent years. We welcome them 
into our membership and we look to them to carry on the work of our 
Chapters and of Royal Arch Masonry in the years to come. 



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"I have been much impressed with the high standard of ritual and 
ceremonial work and the manner in which the dignity of the Royal Craft 
has been maintained. It is pleasing, too, to see the obvious enthusiasm of 
the Companions and their desire to maintain these high standards. 

"It is also very gratifying to see the spiendid fraternal spirit which 
prevails in our Chapters, both among the Grand Chapter officers and 
among the Companions' generally. This has been very strongly manifested 
and is an important consideration in holding the Chapters together. . . . 

"The First Principal of the Auckland Chapter of Research advises 
me that, to cover the history of Royal Arch Masonry in the twelve Dis- 
tricts of New Zealand, is one of the definite aims of the Chapter of Re- 
search. The paper by V.E. Comp. Smith is the first of the proposed series 
and it is hoped to continue these papers with not more than one each year 
so as to maintain the variety of papers published by the Chapter. Over a 
period of years the history of all twelve Districts will eventually be 
printed by the Chapter in its Transactions. . . . 

"I would also express the hope that the Chapters throughout New 
Zealand as well as the individual Companions will give practical support 
to the Auckland Chapter of Research, which is the only Chapter of its 
kind in New Zealand. . . . 

"The report of the Supreme Committee, which will be presented later 
in the meeting, shows that the net loss on the basis of individual mem- 
bership this year is nine, as compared with 41 last year. The position, 
therefore, appears to be improving and the loss is in the process of being 
arrested. I would, however, again appeal to the Principals of the Chap- 
ters to endeavor to improve the attendances at their meetings, to retain 
the interest of their new members and to bring the 'back-sliders' back into 
the fold. Their efforts in these directions will be well worth while and 
will, I believe, eventually be reflected in increased membership. 

"We must not, however, place too much stress on membership 
figures. Strength does not consist in numbers alone, but must depend 
ultimately on the standards of conduct and character of the individual 
members of the Royal Craft. Let us therefore guard well the standards 
of admission to our Chapters and the privilege of membership of Royal 
Arch Masonry. 

"I should like to bring before the notice of the Companions the fact 
that during the year a paper on Royal Arch Masonry was read before the 
Research Lodge of the Province of Taranaki by V.W. Bro. J. P. Glenie, 
Past Grand Lecturer. This paper was very well received and fully dis- 
cussed and was subsequently printed and circulated in the lodge transac- 
tions. It cannot be too strongly emphasized that the degrees of Mark 
Master, Excellent Master and Holy Royal Arch are recognized by Rule 
326 of the Book of Constitution of the Grand Lodge of New Zealand as 
part of pure ancient Freemasonry. Such a paper can therefore quite 
properly be given in a Lodge of Research or a Craft Lodge under proper 
safeguards; and it would provide a good opportunity of bringing before 
the brethren generally the fact that there are further Masonic degrees 
beyond those practised in our Craft Lodges, and that their knowledge of 
Masonry is not complete until they have become members of a Royal 
Arch Chapter and have taken the degrees which it confers." 

The new Fir=;t Grand Principal in an address to the Companions 
made many significant observations, some of which I quote: 

"The time of the oassine: of the gavel in a Craft Lodge, of the sceptre 
in a Chanter, is a significant one in the life of the Lodsre or Chapter: not 
merelv because of our regret at the passing of well-tried, capable and 
loved leadership, not even because of the problem which a new man 
always presents, but because the moment points to a wholesome truth — 



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that no one man is essential to the life of Freemasonry — that Free- 
masonry is bigger than any one man. Grand Masters and First Grand 
Principals may come and go, but Freemasonry goes on always, a bigger, 
finer, a more splendid thing. . . . 

"First, endeavor to grow strong. Secondly, endeavor to know your- 
selves better, and thirdly, endeavor to discharge your duty to God. 

"Endeavor to grow strong. When I speak of growth I do not mean in 
mere numbers. Whilst I believe a Chapter should be numerically strong 
enough to be able to support itself, I hold numbers to be unimportant. I 
would much rather see a Chapter comprising but fifty members who were 
regular in attendance, genuinely interested in the work of the Royal 
Arch and endeavoring to practice its principles than one comprising some 
hundred and fifty members to whom membership is a very pleasant but 
insignificant thing. Rather do I mean a growth of character in effective 
influence upon all members of the Craft and indirectly upon the com- 
munity at large. This can be achieved only by a constant deepening 
Masonic consciousness in the members, and by that I mean a serious 
acceptance of Masonic principals, not as a casual thing to be lightly en- 
joyed or as lightly esteemed, but as an important principle of life, 
especially in the spirit to be served, preserved and spread abroad 
throughout the country. 

"Secondly, actively pursue what our ritual describes as being the 
most interesting of all human studies — the knowledge of ourselves. . . . 

"In this struggle it often happens that we are not assisted by some 
of our friends who, with the best of intentions, attribute to us virtues we 
do not possess, whilst others with baser intentions malign us to gain 
some advantage to themselves. In either case there is the temptation to 
allow these things to influence our judgment of ourselves. Each of us has 
his own peculiar weaknesses. To recognize them and to help guard 
against them our ritual assists. For example, to the arrogant man who is 
puffed up by his popularity amongst his fellows and who has had attri- 
buted to him virtues he does not possess, the lesson of the arrogant and 
overbearing overseer's displacement by the humble craftsman bearing 
the keystone should teach its own lesson. 

"To us all, however, is the lesson illustrated by the three modest 
sojourners, whose names, incidentally, are not even recorded, who 
claimed no more than they believed themselves to be but the humble in- 
struments in the hands of the the Most High. If then, the study and 
knowledge of ourselves results in a realization that we are but humble 
instruments in this life to carry out God's will and an endeavor to do so, 
then I believe we will have realized one of the great lessons of the Royal 
Arch. But there is another of equal importance. It will be recalled that 
the sojourners were able to make certain discoveries only by being assist- 
ed by the radiance of that light from above which shone through the 
aperture to reveal the spectacle which confronted them. Combining these 
two lessons we begin to realize that we, as instrument of the Most High, 
are useless for our purpose in life unless we are in constant touch with 
Him to receive the power to carry out aright His will. May I put it to 
you that our body is like a trolley omnibus — an instrument for convey- 
ance. Our mind is like the driver — to direct the body; but unless the 
driver makes the necessary contact between his omnibus and the power 
from the overhead wires, the omnibus is unable to carry out the duties 
for which it was made. 

"Thirdly, direct your activity in an endeavor to discharge your duty 
to God. I will not attempt to precis that which is written on this subject 
in the Volume of the Sacred Law, excepting to recall what an eighteenth- 
century philosopher said. He summarized it in these words: 'By obedience 
and submission to Divine Law spring all the virtues.' " 



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Some of the rules governing Jubilee Memorial Scholarships are 
worthy of note, and I quote: 

"Each year as from the first day of January, 1945, Scholarships shall 
be open to the following individuals as in the following order of priority: 

"(a) Masonic Institute or the Papakura Masonic Home for Boys or 
any other institutions which Grand Chapter in Annual Convocation shall 
add to this sub-clause. 

"(b) Any child of a deceased Royal Arch Mason who had at any time 
been a member of a Chapter holding under Grand Chapter. 

"(c) Any child of a Royal Arch Mason who at the time of application 
for a scholarship is a member of a Chapter holding under Grand Chap- 
ter, and who is either a serviceman or a discharged serviceman within the 
meaning of the Rehabilitation Act, 1941, and its amendments, or a dis- 
charged soldier within the meaning of the Repatriation Act, 1918, and its 
amendments, or a person who served in any combat zone as a member of 
the British Commonwealth Forces, whether Navy, Army or Air Force, 
during World Wars I and II. 

"(d) Any Freemason who is a serviceman or discharged serviceman 
within the meaning of the Rehabilitation Act, 1941, or any Act amending 
the same, and who at the time of the application for a scholarship is a 
member of a Chapter holding under Grand Chapter or a Lodge holding 
under the Grand Lodge of New Zealand. 

"(e) The child of any Royal Arch Mason. 

"(f) Any portion of the income unexpended at the end of any year 
may on the recommendation of the Scholarship Council be voted by 
Supreme Committee to any charitable purpose." 

"Any application for a scholarship made to the Grand Lodge of 
Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of New Zealand by or on behalf of 
any individual mentioned in Rule 7 hereof and referred by such Grand 
Lodge to Grand Scribe E. shall be deemed to be an application made to 
Grand Scribe E. within the terms of Rule 8. 

"The tenure of any scholarship shall ordinarily be for one year. Re- 
appointments shall be allowed, but no reappointment shall take effect for 
a period longer than one year. 

"Scholarships shall be of such annual value as the Scholarship Coun- 
cil may determine in each particular case and more than one of different 
amounts may be granted in any one year." 

Elections — 

First Grand Principal: M.E. Comp. H. R. A. Vialoux. 

Grand Scribe E.: R.E. Comp. W. G. Webster. 

North Carolina 

The 141st Annual Convocation of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of 
North Carolina was held at Raleigh, on May 21st and 22nd, 1963. 

Chapters 41; Membership December 31st, 1962—7,923; Net gain 95. 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Walton Reid Howe. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Charles Carpenter Ricker. 

The Grand High Priest in his address reported: 

"Companions, in 1962, we had 350 exaltations, yet, we ended the year 
with a net gain of only 95. We lost 135 by death, this we could do noth- 
ing about, but we lost 130 by N.P.D.'s. This is most disturbing to all of 
us. In many instances a good secretary will prevent some suspensions, 
but there are times when the officers should assist the secretary in col- 
lecting dues by making personal contact with delinquent members. 



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"Companions, are we failing to make an impression on the candidates 
that will cause them to want to return to the Chapters and take an active 
interest ? In so many of our Chapters, only a few Companions are doing 
all of the work. This is a bad situation. Companions, give your newly 
exalted Companions an opportunity to work. This will not only keep 
them interested but will increase the attendance at your meetings. 

"I find that in Districts where schools of instruction are held and 
all of the Chapters are taking part in exemplifying the work, these 
Chapters are doing the best work. Some of our Chapters are doing excel- 
lent ritualistic work while others are doing only mediocre work. It is 
through these Schools of Instruction that we will be able to do our best 
work and to impress the candidates so that they will want to return to 
the Chapters. It is my hope that Schools of Instruction will be held in 
every District in the state and it is for that reason that I have recom- 
mended that the Grand High Priest and the Grand Lecturer hold joint 
meetings with the District Deputy Grand High Priest and the District 
Deputy Grand Lecturer at the beginning of each capitular year. 

"Companions, there is no substitute for good work, true work, and 
square work." 

It is interesting to observe an amendment to the Constitution, which 
was adopted as follows: 

"Sub-section F: 'A subordinate Chapter of Royal Arch Masons shall 
not be required to pay per capita tax on members whose dues have been 
remitted by the Chapter upon certification of the full record of the action 
by the Chapter and the reason therefor to the Grand Secretary. The 
names of the Companions whose dues are remitted by the Chapter, and 
the reason therefor must be set out in the Annual Returns to Grand 
Chapter if waiver of per capita tax is requested. 

"Sub-section G: The following will be considered good and sufficient 
reasons for waiver of per-capita tax by this Grand Chapter: 

1. By reason of age or permanent disability the member is not 
employed and does not have sufficient means to pay his Chapter dues. 

2. By reason of protracted illness or other disability during the 
year, or the severe illness of any of his dependents, causing unusual 
expense or loss of income; the member does not have sufficient income to 
pay his Chapter dues. 

3. By reason of inability to find employment, though he be well, 
able and willing and has made every effort to do so, the member of a 
Chapter does not have sufficient means to support himself and family 
properly and to pay his Chapter dues." 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Eli Troy Regan. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Charles Carpenter Ricker. 

North Dakota 

The 74th Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch 
Masons of North Dakota was held at Jamestown, March 28th and 29th, 
1963. 

Chapters 22; Membership December 31st, 1962—2,709; Net loss 32. 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Calvin H. Rustad. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Clifford E. Miller. 

The Grand High Priest made some pertinent observations in his 
address, and I quote: 

"Our membership this past year showed a gain in exaltations, affilia- 
tions and reinstatements. Our demits and suspensions are down but a 



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large increase in deaths. We finish the year with a net loss of 32. This 
is lower than in previous years but we should be building our membership 
and not taking a loss year after year. Our Grand Secretary will have 
more on this in his report. Companions, I have no solution for the things 
that I think are most needed in Capitular Masonry. How often have we 
found ourselves searching for an excuse for the evils we have brought 
upon ourselves — loss of membership, poor attendance, inactivity, etc. 
We have tried by comparison to justify our inner weaknesses and seem 
content with our lot. Companions, we must face the facts squarely and 
try to overcome tho<se obstacles that temporarily seem unsurmountable. 
I have no solution other than for us to begin to do the things that we 
already know we ought to be doing. Membership in our Grand Chapter 
in the year 1925 was at an all time high of 4,168. Twenty years later in 
1945 our membership was 2,056. Just about half, a loss of over 2,000 
members. This was mainly due to some of the bad years of the 30's, we 
have never recovered. Our losses now however, are greater percentage 
wise due to deaths than during those years. Since 1945 we have had 
our up's and down's, The up's due to the veterans returning home, the 
down's I believe due to poor salesmanship. The past seven years have 
shown a downward trend. What will the next twenty years show. Every 
one of you are getting a little older. Look around you, what will 20 years 
show if we continue to be content with our lot. If I asked a show of 
hands of the ones who have secured a candidate in the last year, I wonder 
who's hand would go up. If I asked a show of hands of the ones who 
have secured a candidate in the past two years, I wonder who's hand 
would go up. If I asked in the past five years, I wonder who's hand 
would go up. I would bet that it would almost be the same individuals. 
The faithful few, the believer's and do'ers. What have the rest of you 
been doing? Content with your lot. I'm rather selfish myself I suppose 
because I have two boys who I hope someday will become Royal Arch 
Masons, 15 or 20 years from now, will there be anything for them ? Our 
heritage as Royal Arch Masons is a very precious thing and it must be 
preserved. We all know this of course and none of us wish to lose it but 
lose it we will unless we wake up and do something to offset our losses 
by death and suspensions for non-payment of dues which are fast getting 
out of line with our exaltations. We must not let this condition continue 
to exist if we wish to leave something behind for those yet to come. It is 
time to do something about it and the only thing you and I, or anyone 
can do, is to get to work, be Royal Arch Masons in every sense of the 
word and fulfill our obligations by dispensing light to our less informed 
brethren. The harvest is plentiful, Companions, I earnestly hope that 
each Companion here present will here and now pledge himself to secure 
at least one candidate this year and to help make the Royal Arch what 
it should be in North Dakota. If you do this Companions, think what it 
would do for your Chapters insofar as activity, attendance and financial 
soundness goes. I hope each of you will pledge his help to your new 
Grand High Priest in this matter." 

And also: 

". . . No branch of Masonry is greater than the manner in which it 
exemplifies those great truths that are contained in it. The lessons of 
each degree and each order are ever present and we alone can govern how 
well they are portrayed to those who seek to become one of us. We must 
not tolerate poor degree work, and to practice our ritual on a candidate 
is unthinkable. May we seriously remind ourselves that the proper 
conferral of degrees is the greatest single thing that we can contribute 
to the success of our rite. Certainly no ritual books should be in evidence 
when conferring the degrees. I have seen many Companions sitting on 
the sidelines with their books out following the ritualist in conferring 
the degree just for the purpose of checking him to see how many mistakes 






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he will make. This does not make a good impression on the candidate 
and should not be done. I have found some chapters who seem to hold the 
belief that there is a short form opening. There is only one form and that 
is the one printed in your ritual books with no short cuts. Some chapters 
have failed to hold the necessary number of meetings called for in the 
by-laws of this Grand Chapter. In some cases there seems to be almost 
a complete lack of interest of the Companions in their Chapters. In some 
cases meetings are called and two or three show up, not a constitutional 
number present to open, they therefor go home. After a few experiences 
this way they all stay home. It seems their sole interest is in the Shrine. 
What some of these Companions fail to understand is that if they do not 
take an interest in their Chapters to help make it go it may be that they 
will lose their Charter and will then most likely lose their membership 
in the Shrine as well. It is hard to find companions who are willing to 
share the work and obligations of an office. If we are to have our 
Chapters then each companion must be ready to shoulder his share, not 
just the faithful few. It is not a healthy situation in some of our 
Chapters when they hold over officers year after year. When this hap- 
pens you are just delaying the funeral. Let's get to work this next year 
and see if we can't change some of these conditions." 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Helmer Mohagen. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Clifford E. Miller. 

Nova Scotia 

The 94th Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch 
Masons of Nova Scotia was held in Halifax, on June 15, 1963. 

Chapters 27; Membership December 31, 1962—2,916; Net loss 105. 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Frederic Charles Morrison. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. H. F. Sipprell. 

The Grand High Priest in his address reported: 

"Early in December an itinerary was drawn up which enabled me to 
complete a visit to every Chapter in the jurisdiction. I am glad to report 
that the Grand Captain of the Host was able to accompany me on all my 
official visits with the exception of one, when ill health kept him at home. 
At each Chapter we were most graciously received and made to feel at 
home. I was especially pleased at the splendid support Grand and Past 
Grand Chapter officers gave me. I was inspired by the work of the 
Chapters and their plans for the year. Such enthusiasm will bear fruit 
in the years to come with prosperous and active Chapters . . ." 

And also recommended: 

"I would recommend to this Grand Chapter that a permanent Board 
of Jurisprudence be appointed each year to serve Grand Chapter. 

"That work on the Manual of Procedure be continued. 

'That publication of The Royal Craftsman be resumed and that all 
Chapters appoint a Publicity Committee to direct news of Chapter activi- 
ties to the editor and local press." 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Frederic Charles Morrison. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. H. F. Sipprell. 



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Ohio (1962) 

The 146th Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch 
Masons of the State of Ohio was held at Columbus, October 3rd and 4th, 
1962. 

Chapters 215; Membership May 31st, 1962—66,533; Net loss 810. 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Ben J. Filkins. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Paul G. Lutz. 

Your reviewer, with some consternation, notes the following observa- 
tion in the Proceedings: 

"The Canadian colors were posted — tho' this is the first year in 
many, Ohio has had no Canadian representative from the Grand Chapter 
of Canada present." 

Ex. Comp. N. Emerson Taylor, in his address of welcome on behalf 
of the 11th Capitular District, made some potent remarks, part of which 
should be put into practical application by all of us, and I quote: 

"We are proud that Ohio leads the nation in Capitular membership, 
but I am sure that you are interested in knowing, as I am, why less 
than 20 per cent of the Masons of this great country are Royal Arch 
Masons, and what can be done about it? If every Companion here would 
rededicate himself to Masonry, thus becoming an instrument and messen- 
ger of more light, and more light means freedom, there would be no 
danger to our coutryn or to the fraternity and events of recent days, taking 
place 90 miles south of the coast of Florida, startle every true Mason. 
Each of you here, I am sure, wishes that we could extend the teachings of 
Masonry, the spirit of brotherly love, co-operation and fellowship, to 
everyone throughout our country. Yes, and to the people throughout 
the world, for then we would not have the selfishness and greed for power 
that exists in these sick and troubled times. Masonry can be a vital 
instrument for world peace, and this we should never forget." 

In his address we find the Grand High Priest reporting: 

"We are living in a changing world and it may be necessary that we 
also make some changes. 

"Sto-res are still doing business at the same places and selling the 
same merchandise, but it is not put out in the same old packages. 

"The schools that you and I attended as boys and young men still 
operate, but on a vastly different program. 

"Our churches do not confine themselves to dispensing the so called 
'old time religion' but have adopted new methods, a new translation of 
the Bible and new ways of teaching. 

"Masonry is in no danger of becoming extinct, but it can become 
impotent. 

"Our Grand Chapter is still strong numerically, and, while we are 
still strong it will be much easier to overcome our losses and start back 
up the ladder, and to do so it will mean hard work by every companion." 

Elections^- 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Harry E. Sark. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Paul G. Lutz. 

Ohio (1963) 

The 147th Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch 
Masons of Ohio was held at Columbus, on October 2nd and 3rd, 1963. 
Chapters 215; membership August 31, 1963 — 65,416; net loss 1,117. 
Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Harry E. Sark. 
Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Paul G. Lutz. 
The Grand High Priest during his term directed a letter to all 



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Chapter High Priests upon their election and installation and the follow- 
ing- part is worthy of note: 

"The Companions of your Chapter have reposed in you their highest 
hopes when they elected you to your position of trust. It is yours to 
meet the challenge that has been thrust upon you forthrightly and with 
determination. This post is the highest honor within the gift of your 
Chapter. It is bestowed with the tacit understanding that he who re- 
ceives it will provide the leadership emanating from the Office of High 
Priest. Their hopes are with you. Do not fail them. Upon your en- 
thusiasm for your job, and upon your confidence in your ability to do the 
job, rests the success or failure of your own individual Chapter and 
therefore the success or failure of our Grand Chapter." 

In reporting on the "State of the Rite" he stated, and I quote in part: 
"... None need to be reminded of the unprecedented times through 
which we have been passing. Storms of apathetic feeling and uncertainty 
are beating at our doors. At a time, seemingly, when men and nations 
are grasping at the throats of one another, seeking to wrestle from 
their adversary their last God-given hope of existence. World-wide in its 
effects, it has spared no single country, clime, individual, or group of 
individuals. But as a staunch ship shows its quality in a tempest, so our 
several orders of Masonry must and will demonstrate their sturdy 
character and ideals in these times of adversity. We must in our time 
build, educate, and inspire men to greater heights, to nobler thinking, 
to the manifestations of the glory of God and his way of life. It is for 
you, who are in this Temple today, and thousands like you, wherever 
dispersed, to meet the challenge . . . 

"I believe the basic elements upon which we have built our organi- 
zation in the past still remain the sure foundation for the future. We 
are agreed that Freemasonry is one of the most stabilizing influences 
we have in the world. This Institution, founded on the Fatherhood of 
God and the Brotherhood of Man, that vou and I have served so long, did 
not just spring up of its own accord. There is an underlying motive for 
its inception and a compelling need among mankind that forced it into 
being. As nothing is accidental, and as no-thing just happens, there 
surely was a primal cause to produce and to promote such a world-wide 
agency, one that has been the solace and support of myriads of our 
fellowmen. The underlying virtues of the Order have served to keep it 
alive through the ages. These virtues have made it the greatest force 
in history, outside of the church of the living God; and these will be the 
fundamentals upon which it will continue to stand to all eternity. In 
this Faith, as fully revealed in the Volume of the Sacred Law upon our 
Altars, both you and I take comfort and rest our hopes of immortality. 

"Let us, individually and as local units, reconsecrate and rededicate 
ourselves to Masonic Service. Let us get in step with the new revival. 
We have no business to lie down and expect others to carry on. It is the 
duty of everyone of us to gird up our loins and join the battle — for 
battle it is to hold what we already have, and then to instill new courage 
and loyalty in those who have dropped by the wayside, to create interest 
and desire, here and there, to become inspired, and thus place and keep 
our Order in its true position of power and influence, that its work may 
be accomplished in the world." 

The address at the Grand Chapter Dinner was given bv M.E. Com- 
panion The Rev. Don?ld E. Bodley,Ph.D., Grand Royal Arch Captain of 
the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Michigan, and was most 
inspiring. Again, however, space precludes complete reference but the 
following is of significance and important to all, and I quote: 



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"There is a statement which is universally true of individuals and of 
organizations — whether it be from the Throne of Empire or upon the 
seat of execution — from an organization like the Church or the crime 
syndicates : 

" 'We are what we are — because we have been doing what we have 
been doing.' 

"Now, if Masonry has declined, it is because Masons have declined. 
Please don't blame television, bowling leagues, or the Knights of Colum- 
bus! These have not made the decline, our weakness has. It is an 
axiom of men and their institutions that the real enemy is always within. 
Consider that pressure and strain never injure a healthy muscle — they 
build it up in size and strength. Competition, criticism and even diaboli- 
cal enemies do not injure a worthwhile organization — oppression 
strengthens it by purging the deadwood and spurring the faithful mem- 
bers to greater zeal around the real purpose of the organization. 

"We must recognize that to be Masons — really be Masons — each 
of us must work at it. The development of Masonry's human causes are 
not natural to mankind, they are not automatic in their growth — they 
must be pursued with a disciplined life. That is the first lesson that we 
learned at the knee of our Mother Lodge as the youngest Entered 
Apprentice of the Family of Freemasonry. If such a dedication to human 
causes were a natural outgrowth of man's life, then there would be no 
need for Freemasonry at all! 

"As we undertake this task of 'facing the sun', I hope that it is not 
really necessary to point out that at the center of all our work in Masonry 
and at the center of all of the activities in the life of a Mason, stands the 
Great Light — the word of God to man. Among other things, the Great 
Light proclaims that no man is capable of accomplishing the good things 
of the world without the constant help of God. Through all its pages 
runs a narrative of the partnership of God and man in accomplishing 
a divine-human purpose and destiny." 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. James W. Ferguson. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Paul G. Lutz. 

Oklahoma 

The 74th Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch 
Masons of Oklahoma was held at Oklahoma City, on April 2nd and 3rd, 
1963. 

Chapters 40; Membership January 1st, 1963—7,067; Net loss 183. 

Grand Hi<?h Priest: M.E. Comp. George W. Evans. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. F. M. Lumbard. 

The Grand High Priest made a most significant observation in his 
address, which should be remembered by all Royal Arch Masons, and I 
Quote : 

"To the members of this Grand Chapter, permit me to once again 
bid you welcome. This is YOUR Grand Chapter. It's health and well 
being depends entirely upon YOU, and your Chapter. This Grand Chapter 
does not belong to the past, present or future Grand Officers; it belongs 
to YOU; and YOU control its destiny. May you participate in its delib- 
erations, with due consideration for the future health of your Chapter, 
and this Grand Chapter." 

The Fraternal Correspondent reported with wisdom and vision, and 
I quote some of his gems: 



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"To review it is necessary to read over, examine and often repeat 
opinions expressed. I once read the statement that 'to quote or use the 
ideas of another is near plagiarism but if we quote the opinions of a 
number of individuals it can be considered as Research.' Therefor, my 
friends, please consider this review as Research . . . 

"Continued membership losses can only be halted when both the 
Grand Body and its Constituents face up to realities and each assumes 
their individual responsibilities. Of one thing we may be certain, the 
continued raising of fees, dues and per-capita will only worsen conditions 
in most jurisdictions. It is quite evident there is another approach to 
this situation, the continuance of large numbers of suspensions by the 
automatic process is a grave mistake for in contrast to the large number 
suspended only a small percent ever re-instate. 'To suspend may be com- 
paratively easy, but to recover, that is another problem.' 

"In self analysis there is often evidence of unimpressive degree 
work, there also may be a lack of charitable and benevolent activity, 
perhaps we are not living what we teach, the result, many do not find 
that for which they seek and drop out. Then there is the ever increasing 
large number reaching the age of retirement who become aware that 
there has been no provision made for them, even though by point of 
service or years of membership they are deserving of Honorary or Life 
Membership; this is a regrettable situation. 'How long has it seen since 
we heard the expression, Once a Mason, always a Mason'." 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Jack Freeman. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. F. M. Lumbard. 

Pennsylvania 

The Quarterly Communications of The Grand Holy Royal Arch 
Chapter of Pennsylvania and Masonic Jurisdiction Thereunto Belonging, 
were held on March 8th, June 7th, September 6th and December 6th, 
1962, the latter in Philadelphia. 

Chapters 148; Membership 1962—38,278; Net loss 851. 

Mark Lodges 2 — Constituted in 1847 and 1854. 

M.E. Grand High Priest: Comp. Maurice T. White. 

M.E. Grand Secretary: Comp. John C. F. Kitselman. 

The address of the Grand High Priest indicates, without question, 
that he dedicated himself to the discharge of his great responsibilities 
and we all should profit from many of his remarks which I quote: 

"Yes, another year has passed in the activities of our Grand Chapter, 
as well as in our personal lives. As we take a retrospective view of the 
past year, we observe what has been accomplished and what has been 
left undone. This we ourselves can best answer. Certainly I can recall 
its joys, its pleasures, its disappointments and its sorrows; but try as we 
may, with all our might, the past can never be recovered. That which 
has transpired in the past — good, bad or indifferent — is meaningless 
unless we avail ourselves of the opportunity of reviewing the past in the 
light of what may be seen in the future . . . 

"I have also observed, I regret to say, that there are still entirely 
too many Chapters that unfortunately have officers who exhibit too much 
complacency and show a lack of responsibility. Capitular Masonry can- 
not possibly 'get into high gear' with some of the Chapters dragging 
anchor. Although this is not a pleasant subject, I firmly believe that we 
should face up to realities as they exist . . . 

"Other instances could be cited. I ask you, Companions, how in this 



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wide world of ours, can Capitular Masonry flourish and grow, when 
Chapters have officers who are so lackadaisical, so indifferent, that they 
seem to do their best to be a deterrent and a stumbling block. 

"Possibly, I have failed in some of my endeavors; I certainly hope 
that this is not true, for I have sincerely tried to encourage enthusiasm 
wherever I have been. I feel certain that my successor will follow 
through with a similar endeavor, and I hope and pray that he may suc- 
cessfully alleviate this condition during his administration. 

"As I have mentioned earlier in this address, time passes swiftly. So 
quickly has it passed, that many of my hopes never became reality. For 
this I am deeply regretful. I do hope, as I relinquish this highly exalted 
station, that it may in truth be said that some good has been accomp- 
lished during the past two years. This decision, my Companions, is for 
you to determine and not for me to say. 

"Whatever may have been my accomplishments, they are due to the 
loyal support of all of the elected, appointed and past officers of this 
Grand Chapter. It has been a real privilege to have been so closely 
associated with such ardent and devoted Masons as these Companions 
have proved themselves to be . . . 

"During the past year, in a sincere effort to perform the duties of 
this office, I have made 80 visits within our Jurisdiction, traveling 
approximately 15,000 miles, and was represented on one occasion by our 
M.E. Grand Scribe. I have also made 13 visits to our Sister Jurisdictions, 
traveling some 7,000 miles, and was represented in Connecticut by our 
Grand Scribe and in New Jersey by our Grand Secretary. I was com- 
pelled, because of commitments in this Jurisdiction to decline gracious 
invitation received from New Hampshire. I regret my inability to attend 
personally the Convocations of these three Jurisdictions. In all I have 
made 93 official visits, traveling approximately 22,000 miles, exclusive 
of attending other Masonic Bodies during the year . . . 

"The Masonic Fraternity, as a whole, wants only the 'cream of the 
Crop' people of established integrity and upright Principles, men who can 
honestly subscribe to the many principles for which Masonry stands. 
These men must of necessity come into Masonry through one common 
door.j That door must be well guarded, if we are to get the kind of per- 
son who will avail himself of all opportunities after the door has been 
opened. Our strongest bonds are with those who have come through 
that door of their own free will and accord, and who have asked that 
other doors be opened for them on the same basis. 

Companions, we hold the key to the next door through which our 
Brother Mason seeks entrance. Let us see to it that many pass through 
'our equally well-guarded doors and welcome them into Capitular 
Masonry. We have the necessary tools, the necessary manpower, and the 
respect and recognition that comes with performance. We need fear no 
one; nor do we have anything for which we need apologize. We do need 
strong cooperation to recognize and meet the challenges that are being 
laid down by the Church, the State, the Schools and the home." 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Ralph J. Fogle. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. John C. F. Kitselman. 

The Philippines 

The 11th Annual Convocation of the Most Excellent Grand Chapter 
of Royal Arch Masons of the Republic of the Philippines was held at 
Manila on April 26, 1963. 

Chapters 20; Membership March 31, 1963—1,053; Net loss 183. 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Godofredo P. Ricafort. 



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Grand Secretary: R.E. Comp. Antonio Gonzalez. 

The Grand High Priest gave a masterful address, part of which I 
quote: 

"We are all witnesses of the last world cataclism. Our side — 
democracy — has won that war but we have lost the peace. The recent 
past and even these days are fraught with grave concern to the nations 
of the earth. There is so much dissatisfaction the world over, so many 
labor disputes, corruption and scandal everywhere. 1 feel that now, as 
never before in the history of mankind, there is the greater need for 
integrity, sound judgment and clear thinking. Nations seem to have little 
faith in each other. There is no earnest effort for universal peace. Man's 
only hope for peace is found in better understanding between peoples. 
We must pray for the time when we shall have no more dissensions and 
confusions but unity and harmony. We must keep our faith in God, in 
our fellowmen and in ourselves regardless of what we may observe and 
see . . . 

CONDITION OF THE ORDER 

"Generally speaking, Capitular Masonry in this jurisdiction is at a 
standstill. You may still remember that our Most Excellent Grand 
Chapter was organized on April 30, 1953. It is therefore only ten years 
old. It is still an infant speaking in terms of institutions. 

"It is a necessary consequence of the rapidly changing conditions 
that the 'infant' should slow down after its initial progress. There is 
imperative need for readjustments, with a forward look to an increased 
membership. 

"Another deterrent to advancement is what may be called competition 
in a sense, between the two existent Rites in this jurisdiction, the York 
and Scottish Rites. Perhaps it is inevitable that a brother Mason wishing 
to attain the so-called 'higher degrees' should consider the comparative 
attractiveness of each Rite. In this respect the one that is older in this 
jurisdiction and has the membership of leading members of the Frater- 
nity seems to have an advantage. Let it be understood that the Grand 
Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of the Republic of the Philippines and, 
any other Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons, for that matter, was 
not created. It was built. We must then continue from the cornerstone 
stage to the actual building of the edifice, and this is a job for us that 
must continue like that of the 'Chambered Nautilus' until the spirit is 
set free . . . 

NEED FOR YOUTH 

"A visit to any chapter reveals that the predominant membership is 
rapidly approaching the alloted span of life. We do not by any means 
want to have fewer of the older members about, their wisdom and ex- 
perience are irreplaceable in any fraternal organization. But we want 
more, many more new members brought in from the younger groups. 
Our chapters will be their heritage and it is not fair to expect a com- 
parative handful of them to shoulder the full responsibility without the 
efforts of our older members. We would no mere imagine a strong 
chapter composed of all young men than one composed of all old. We 
need an admixture of the enthusiasm of the youth and the judgment and 
sense of responsibility of the oldsters . . . 

LEADERSHIP 

"Much has been written and said that dormant Chapters are caused 
by poor leadership. Many suggestions have likewise been made to over- 
come this condition, but without effect. There are several factors in- 
volved that account for these conditions. One intelligent leader in Capitu- 



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lar Masonry has found that 'too large a percentage of our constituent 
bodies are operating in perfunctory manner and below that standard of 
efficiency and effectiveness which your Grand Chapter, your candidates 
and associate Masonic bodies have a reasonable right to expect.' And he 
continues in saying, 'May I suggest to these good companions that there 
is no magic formula, and only one stable reliable remedy; it is the same 
remedy that has solved most of man's problems since the red dawn of 
history, and is summed up into two simple words, namely, HARD 
WORK ... I humbly suggest that you accept that simple formula and 
apply it to your problems, even as the Overseers apply their squares to 
the finished work of the craftsmen.' 

"Another factor that affects leadership is financial. It should, how- 
ever be borne in mind that pruning the budget at the sacrifice of im- 
portant activities of the chapter is disastrous. Improvement of the two 
suggestions will likewise improve leadership. 

OBJECTIVE OF ROYAL ARCH MASONRY 
"I wish to share with you what a distinguished Masonic scholar has 
said on the above subject. 

" 'Perhaps one of the reasons we do not get interested in Royal Arch 
Freemasonry is that we do not understand what we have. First, it is 
part of that Freemasonry which we know as York Rite. Some say that 
the York Rite has no attachment of departments. They say it is a 
disorganized group, having four Bodies, each functioning under its own 
head and each doing pretty much as it pleases except as to restriction 
put on it by the Grand Lodges. Yet it has the most co-hesiveness that 
comes about from Unity of teaching and Unity of Principles. 

" 'In the old York Lodges, they took their Entered Apprentice, Fel- 
low Craft, Master Mason, Royal Arch degrees and Knight Templar, there 
you have your lesson taught in Freemasnory. What is that lesson ? Un- 
less we know something about it, there is no way possible of our being- 
interested in it or of our teaching other men what it means. I think 
perhaps, if you will go back to the Entered Apprentice degree and then 
study this thing we call York Rite with the Entered Apprentice degree in 
mind and see how you can take every other degree in th York Rite and 
go back to the Entered Apprentice and in turn, tie it in so effectively 
that you will never lose sight of it again, then you will understand what 
I mean by Unity of Principle or Unity of lesson. 

" 'When a candidate comes into the Lodge he is asked in whom he puts 
his trust and if he cannot answer "GOD" then he cannot come in, but if 
he expresses belief in GOD, there yo<u have the only thing there is in 
Masonry. 

" 'Too many of us want to make Masonry a social organization, and 
it is a social organization, but there are other social organizations, and 
it were only a social organization it wouldn't be worth the time that you 
and I put in on it at all. 

" 'We talk about it being a great Charitable organization, and it is a 
great Charitable organization, but there are other Charitable organiza- 
tions that can do just as effective work as the Masonic Fraternity, so it is 
not alone a Charitable organization at all. 

" 'It is an educational institution, you may say, and it is an educa- 
tional institution. Many a man in this group has learned more about the 
Bible, has learned more about parliamentary law, and has learned more 
about handling himself on his feet than he has in any other way and per- 
haps were it not for his experience in the Masonic Fraternity, he would 
not have had that training at all. But it is not an educational institution 
alone because there are thousands of others better equipped to do that 
job, perhaps than we are. 



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" 'But it is a Spiritual and religious organization and, unless we come 
back to a recognition of the fact that it is this belief in God which is the 
fundamental cornerstone of our institution we are not going to make 
progress; we are not going to get anywhere at air." 

The Inaugural Address of the Grand High Priest, M.E. Comp. Wal- 
lace H. Morris, should be patterned by all, and I quote excerpts: 

"First, I will try for a closer harmony between the appendant Bodies 
and the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of 
the Philippines. The Masonic family in this jurisdiction cannot simply 
overlook nor disregard our existence as part and parcel of our great 
Masonic Fraternity. Lest it be forgotten, each group has its place, and 
its own prestige to maintain in the family. The subordinate Chapters 
can assist me in this project by creating closer relationship with the 
Lodges within their area. One excellent way to accomplish this is to 
organize degree teams and offer to confer a degree some evening for the 
Lodge. Of course, the best way is to be active in the Lodge; be regular 
in attendance at their communications; participate in the work, serve on 
committees, etc. Show the Lodges that a Royal Arch Mason is a true 
Mason and that he lives his Masonry . . . 

"I would like to adopt, or rather copy, this motto as the guide for 
this Grand Chapter for the coming Capitular year. It is: 'PUSH, PULL 
OR KEEP OUT THE WAY'!" 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Wallace H. Morris. 

Grand Secretary: R.E. Comp. Antonio Ganzalez. 

Quebec 

The 86th Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch 
Masons of Quebec was held in Montreal on March 27th, 1963. 

Chapters 27; Membership December 31st, 1962 — 3,319; Net loss 7. 

Grand First Principal: M.E. Comp. B. M. MacCharles. 

Grand Scribe E.: M.E. Comp. H. Pickering. 

Because of the regrettable ill health of the Grand Z., this annual 
Convocation was presided over by M.E. Comp. H. Wall Clarke, the Imme- 
diate P.G.Z. 

M.E. Comp. B. M. MacCharles in his address to Grand Chapter re- 
ferred in most glowing terms to the assistance and cooperation he had 
received from the P.G.Z.'s and other Grand Chapter officers. The follow- 
ing excerpts are particularly of interest: 

"Today we have with us a condition which will require exertion of 
every faculty with which we have been endowed; our reason, our appli- 
cation to the ancient usages, and customs and above all to practice assi- 
duously that part of our lessons which was taught to us at our Initiation — 
To be exemplary in the discharges of your civic duties; by never pro- 
posing or being a part of any act which may subvert the peace and good 
order of any state which affords us our place of residence or the protec- 
tion of it's laws. These precepts, as Masons and Citizens we must very 
strenuously support." 

"... Following the review of necessary arrangements which were 
later confirmed by the several distinguished Comps. designated, some 
problems were dealt with. First, the wearing of apron over Sash to re- 
tain same in place when movement is necessary. This was approved by 
your Grand Council. Henceforth — Don Sash and overlap with band of 
apron sash in position. The honor accorded the Grand First Principle 
on his visits, etc.: be limited to a battery of -three-three-three-and-one- 
This was unanimously agreed upon by your Grand Council. 



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"The question of establishing the Grand Council on a permanent basis 
with meeting on a stated time and day was discussed and it was agreed 
that such meetings should be held three times each year, on the second 
Saturday of May, October and February to which meetings the Grand 
Council would be present, as well as PGZ's; PDG's, First Principles of 
Chapters, Scribe E. of Chapters who may at such times present and dis- 
cuss any problems which they may have/' 

The Committee on the Grand Z's address reported, and I quote in 
part: 

"Your Committee sympathizes with our Grand Z. in that through 
circumstances beyond his control, and by illness, he was unable to per- 
form all the duties of his office. The thanks of Grand Chapter is extended 
to the Past Grand First Principals and particularly to Most Ex. Com- 
panion H. Wall Clarke and Most Ex. Companion H. Pickering, our Grand 
Scribe E. for their unstinted services in the interests of this Grand 
Chapter. 

"It is particularly gratifying to your Committee to note that our two 
new chapters, Two Mountains Chapter No. 28 and Lake Shore Chapter 
No. 29 were consecrated by Most Ex. Companion Clarke, assisted by 
Grand Chapter officers, in most impressive ceremonies. It is also gratify- 
ing to learn of the large attendance at both these consecrations. 

Elections — 

Grand First Principal: M.E. Comp. B. M. MacCharles. 

Grand Scribe E.: M.E. Comp. H. Pickering. 

Rhode Island 

The 166th Annual Convocation of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of 
the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations was held at Provi- 
dence, on March 2, 1963. 

Chapters 15; Membership January 31, 1963—4,440; Net loss 78. 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Joseph W. Johnson. 

Assistant Grand Secretary: R.E. Comp. Luther C. Homan. 

The following are interesting excerpts from the address of the Grand 
High Priest: 

"PROGRAM SET UP FOR THE YEAR" 
"Royal Arch Day to include all Royal Arch Masons and their ladies, 
a short business meeting, no degree work. That this be a sort of a con- 
vention which would include dinner and tours, and a social hour. It was 
held in Newport and the Newport Royal Arch Chapter No. 2 was host. 
About 210 people attended and the day was successful and got a great 
deal of publicity, which was all favorable, and was beyond my fondest 
hopes, and without a doubt our most successful endeavor. The committee 
did an outstanding job on this affair." 

"PUBLICITY" 

"We received more publicity in newspapers throughout the State 
than ever before. Many of the Chapters did an exceptionally fine job. 
To mention a few: Pawtucket No. 4, Newport No. 2, Providence No. 1, 
Franklin No. 7, Hope No. 6, Liberty No. 13. Also all Chapters partici- 
pated in the All Masonic Night. It was my wish that the Chapters wear 
their robes to this affair and I believe the effort made was well worth- 
while. It seemed to be a united effort." 

"MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE" 
A great deal of hard work was done by this committee in holding 
meetings and in letter writing, but it would seem the only way this type 



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of program can be successful is in personal contact. This program started 
very poorly, but has now gained momentum and quite a few of the Chap- 
ters are interested in it. Its purpose was to have qualified speakers 
available with literature about Royal Arch Masonry, and to plan pro- 
grams such as movies, speakers or entertainment for a capitular night 
in districts or any Chapter particularly if it had no work. Pamphlets 
were purchased by Grand Chapter and distributed at one of the meetings. 
More pamphlets are to be purchased." 

"SUGGESTIONS" 

"That the Grand High Priests' term be two years, but would have to 
be elected each year. This would enable him to accomplish more of his 
program, as it is not possible in one year. It would also give him time 
to observe the work of his Officers. 

"That the Deputies be selected by the Grand High Priest from Past 
High Priests, and that they be appointed for the term of the Grand High 
Priest, with no assurance of going in a progressive line. Further, that 
they perform such duties as the Grand High Priest may assign them, such 
as installations, visitations, etc. That they must qualify before a board 
of the Grand Lecturers' Department for this purpose and that they be 
listed in the Grand proceedings and be permanent members. 

"That the Grand Lecturer, if possible, be a Past Grand High Priest. 
This would help, as to the rules and regulations of the Grand Chapter 
being understood, and he should be able to answer questions relating to 
them. He would be known in the Chapters, and, therefore, would have 
a better understanding of their particular problems." 

"IN CONCLUSION" 

"This year has seemed very short. There were many decisions to be 
made, some difficult and others easy and pleasant. I hope they were for 
the best interest to the Craft. 

"I believe that with qualified leadership we can progress. It is, 
therefore, of the utmost importance that Companions in both the Chap- 
ters of the State and this Grand Chapter choose those who will do their 
utmost to fulfill their obligations. Anything worth while must be worked 
for, there is no other way." 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. George H. Ostrander. 

Grand Secretary: R.E. Comp. Luther C. Homan. 

Saskatchewan 

The 40th Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch 
Masons of Saskatchewan was held in Moose Jaw, on May 22, 1963. 

Chapters 29; Membership December 31, 1962 — 3,003; Net loss 63. 

Grand First Principal: M.E. Comp. Leslie Paine. 

Grand Scribe E.: M.E. Comp. H. K. Halldorson. 

The Grand Z. in his address stated, in part: 

"In my visits to the several District Meetings, I found an air of re- 
newed enthusiasm. Attendance was generally very good, and I came 
away from these meetings feeling that R. A. Masonry is definitely show- 
ing a renewed interest and appears revitalized in our jurisdiction these 
last few months. The Newsletter and other communications from the 
office of the Grand Scribe E. are helping materially . . . 

"In my address on my official visits I impressed upon the mem- 
bers the importance of regular attendance, increased membership, also 
the importance of making Convocations of interest to all. I impressed 



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the importance of keeping a historical record of their respective Chapters. 
The details of what happened yesterday becomes priceless information a 
few decades hence . . . 

During my visits I found everywhere very warm and fraternal feel- 
ings, and I do think that Capitular Masonry is now, at last, definitely on 
the upswing. I found renewed enthusiasm and generally very keen 
interest. All we need to do now is sell R. A. M. wherever Craft Masonry 
is found. It will bring rewards numerically and otherwise." 

The Committee on Condition of Capitular Masonry in its report 
stated, in part: 

"Attendance is still the number one complaint of all Chapters, par- 
ticularly so in the larger Centers. The necessity of stimulating interest 
is getting more urgent if we wish to maintain our membership and more 
so if we want to increase it. Any number of suggestions have been made 
on how to do this, but we believe, that every Chapter will have to be 
guided by local conditions. Not all the Chapters are the same, but we 
do find that there exists a lot of the 'LET JOE DO IT' attitude. 

Elections — 

Grand First Principal: M.E. Comp. John W. Hill. 

Grand Scribe E.: M.E. Comp. H. K. Halldorson. 

Scotland 

The regular Quarterly Convocations of the Supreme Grand Royal 
Arch Chapter of Scotland were held at the Royal Arch Chambers, 76 
Queen Street, Edinburgh, also a special meeting of the Supreme Commit- 
tee on March 21, 1963, The Rt. Hon. The Earl of Galloway, L.L., J.P., 
Grand Z., presiding. 

The following reference will be of interest to our Companions: 

APPOINTMENT OF GRAND REPRESENTATIVES 

"It was agreed to appoint R.E. Companion A. F. Tannahill as Grand 
Representative of the Grand Chapter of Scotland near the Grand Chapter 
of Canada." 

It is most stimulating to note the great interest taken in overseas 
Chapters' under the jurisdiction of this Supreme Grand Chapter, and that 
the Grand Z. and Grand Scribe E. made visitations to South Africa and 
that arrangements had been made for an extended visit to Australia with 
particular reference to the centenary celebrations in New South Wales. 

The Festival of Vernal Equinox and the installation of the Office 
Bearers was held on March 21, 1963, and this was also the Annual Con- 
vocation. I quote: 

"Psalm 100 having been sung, Grand Scribe E. requested the follow- 
ing Grand Superintendents — M.E. Companions J. P. Cairns, J. L. Downes, 
T. W. Martin, N. E. Clark, F. Elliot Dobie, R. C. M. Inglis, William Ser- 
vice and Alex. Merrilies to form an escort to accompany the Acting 
Grand Director of Ceremonies and to conduct the M.E. First Grand Prin- 
cipal elect into Supreme Grand Chapter. The escort retired with the 
Acting Grand Director of Ceremonies. 

"The M.E. First Grand Principal-elect and his escort, accompanied 
by the Acting Grand Director of Ceremonies, entered the Chapter room 
and M.E. Companion Lord Galloway was presented to the Installing 
Grand Principal for re-obligation. M.E. Companion C. T. Robertson, 
addressing the M.E. First Grand Principal, said that he congratulated 
him upon being again chosen to preside over Supmere Grand Chapter. 
During the ten years he had reigned over Grand Chapter the spirit of 
companionship had strengthened perceptibly and he particularly thanked 
the First Grand Principal for the services which he had rendered by 



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visiting the Companions outwith Scotland. He felt sure that the ensuing 
year would be just as happy as those which had preceded it. It was his 
duty as Installing Principal to enquire whether the First Grand Principal- 
elect was willing to again promise strict obedience to the charges and 
regulations relative to the office of First Grand Principal, to which on 
previous occasions he had given his assent. Lord Galloway, having ex- 
pressed his assent, was obligated in time-honored fashion and thereafter 
invested with his regalia and installed into the Chair of First Grand 
Principal by the Installing Grand Principal. 

"M.E. Companion F. E. C. Holdsworth, Acting Grand Director of 
Ceremonies, then announced, 'I hereby proclaim Most Excellent Com- 
panion The Right Honorable Randolph Algernon Ronald Stewart, Twelfth 
Earl of Galloway, Baron Stewart of Garlies, late Colonel of the 7th 
Battalion of the King's Own Scottish Borderers; Her Majesty's Lord 
Lieutenant and Justice of the Peace for the Stewartry of Kirkcudbright, 
Hon. First Grand Principal of the Grand Chapter of Canada in Ontario, 
Right Worshipful Past Grand Master Mason of Scotland, duly re-installed 
as Most Excellent First Grand Principal, and I call upon all Royal Arch 
Masons throughout the world who owe allegiance to the Supreme Grand 
Royal Arch Chapter of Scotland to pay due obedience to their newly re- 
installed First Grand Principal, in token whereof I now call on the Com- 
panions present, as their representatives, to signify that loyalty and 
obedience by saluting him three times in the Royal Arch Degree, taking 
their time from me.' The Companions thereafter saluted the M.E. First 
Grand Principal." 

The Grand Z. reported: 

"Companions, I mentioned just now that the proportion of Master 
Masons joining Royal Arch Chapters shows no change. That means that 
of the brethren who become Master Masons only one in three joins the 
Royal Arch. Now that is very unfortunate. I have never been able to 
understand how a brother who, having become a Master Mason and 
having thus obtained the substituted secrets of a Master Mason, does not 
go on to obtain the genuine ones. 

"I recall to mind a speech which I once heard Grand Scribe E. make, 
I cannot remember where it was, in which he made a very good point. He 
reminded us that whereas we do not canvass for candidates for the Craft, 
once a brother has become a Master Mason there is no reason whatsoever 
why we cannot suggest to him that he should go on to obtain the genuine 
secrets of his order by joining the Royal Arch. Now, Companions, I 
always have a sneaking hope that perhaps one day Supreme Council in 
its supreme wisdom may perhaps ordain that no candidate will be received 
into the higher degrees until he has first of all obtained the genuine 
secrets of a Master Mason and joined the Royal Arch. Now, Companions, 
that is just a pious hope; anyhow, here's hoping." 

And, finally: 

"Now, Companions, I must thank you all most sincerely for the great 
honor you have done me in re-electing me as your First Grand Principal. 
I have now had the great pleasure and privilege of holding this office for 
ten years and I am deeply conscious of the great kindness and indulgence 
you have always shown to me. I shall do my utmost during the coming 
twelve months to carry on the work according to your wishes and I pray 
that the blessing of the Great Architect of the Universe shall rest upon 
you and all those whom you love, now and always." 

I suggest it is significant that The Rt. Hon. The Earl of Eglinton 
and Winton, D.L., T.D., B.A., Past Grand Master Mason and the Deputy 
First Grand Principal, in proposing the toast to Provincial, District and 
Daughter Chapters, stated, in part: 



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"Now, Companions, if I may for a moment I would like to be serious; 
and I am in a slight difficulty. Most Excellent First Grand Principal, re- 
garding your remarks about the decrease in membership is not in the 
least serious, although as Grand Scribe E. has said the population has 
gone up. I think that it is far more important that we should select good 
candidates than a lot of candidates. You said, Sir, that only one in three 
of Master Masons were becoming Royal Arch Masons. Well, if I may be 
forgiven for disagreeing with my boss, I think that is more than enough. 
I would like to think that every one of those Master Masons who get 
exalted into the Royal Arch Chapters is a first class Mason. If he isn't I 
personally don't want him. I think that our object should be that this 
Order should not be numerically strong but strong in quality, and I 
think that it is most important. I would like to say to this omnibus 
toast tonight, 'Provincial, District and Daughter Chapters,' two things: 
one, that it is most important that you have good candidates, and second 
that you work good degrees." 

One finds in the reports from this Supreme Grand Jurisdiction so 
much informative and stimulating reading and it is regrettable that 
space precludes but brief reference to some of the highlights. But one 
notes, particularly, what may be termed a year book containing complete 
information of Grand Office Bearers also Officers of all Chapters' under 
the jurisdiction of this Supreme Grand Chapter, and the Grand Secre- 
taries of all Grand Chapters in Fraternal Correspondence with the Su- 
preme Grand Chapter of Scotland, another indication of the untiring ef- 
ficiency of the Grand Scribe E., M.E. Companion W. A. Laird, and an 
Hon. Grand Scribe E. of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of 
Canada in the Province of Ontario. 

South Carolina 

The 152nd Annual Convocation of the Most Excellent Grand Royal 
Arch Chapter of South Carolina was held at Charleston on March 12, 1963. 

Chapters 32; membership February 28, 1965—6,255; net gain 176. 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. John H. Wynn. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Henry F. Collins. 

The Grand High Priest reported, and I quote in part: 

"The serpent that held our total membership increase down was 
N.P.D.'s. We lost a total of 234 members from this cause. I only hope my 
successors can very materially reduce this in the years to come. 

"I would be remiss in my duties if I were to speak in glowing terms 
of our work in Capitular Masonry during the past year. In my travels I 
have visited most of the Chapters in the state and in only a few cases did 
I find the work done well. In the majority of cases the work, in all 
phases, was only average in quality and in a few even poor. In one case I 
found at least one of the degrees communicated. This has been corrected. 
I would point out that we seem to be afflicted with af least three major 
problems, any or all of which can be resolved by energy and work in the 
Constituent Chapters; for, in the main, they can all be charged to per- 
sonal weakness, lethargy and indifference. 

STATE OF THE CRAFT 

"I list these problems as follows: 

"1. Poor attendance. 

"2. Poor ritualistic work. 

"3. Suspension for nonpayment of dues. 

"Your Grand Chapter can help in the solution of these problems only 
by suggestion. We cannot use force to demand perfection or good work, 
for such extreme action would be nothing short of coercion or regimenta- 



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tion. Any permanent improvement must come from the Chapters them- 
selves, and they can improve only so much as their pride and desires 
dictate. . . . 

"I recommend that large Chapters adopt smaller Chapters to help 
them with their degree work, by taking a team to the smaller Chapter 
and doing the work for them. 

"I recommend that the outdoor meetings at Sycamore Point be con- 
tinued and that only one outdoor meeting be held in each District. 

"I recommend that each District Deputy Grand High Priest hold at 
least one, or more, instructional meetings per year to better acquaint the 
officers and Companions with the ritual and their duty to the Chapter." 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. James B. Rivers. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Hugh N. Layne. 

South Dakota (1962) 

The 73rd Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch 
Masons of South Dakota was held at Pierre on October 23 and 24, 1962. 

Chapters 32; membership September 30, 1962—4,109; net loss 26. 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Amerigo Raimondi. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Clarence E. Buehler (acting). 

The Grand High Priest in his address made some potent observa- 
tions* on membership, and I quote: 

"A few Chapters are showing a gain, while others, more or less, are 
barely holding their own. Eleven Chapters had no exaltations. Our net 
loss for the year is 26. While this is below the losses of some previous 
years still the fact remains that suspensions and demits quickly erases 
any gains made in exaltations. This is unfortunate because seven and a 
half hours of labor has gone into every exaltation which is lost with 
every suspension. The most logical man to call upon the Companion 
about to be suspended is the original sponsor. Perhaps more than one 
visit is needed, but do it early, do not wait until the eleventh hour. Be- 
cause other jurisdictions may be afflicted in like manner is no excuse for 
us to sit on our oars. Let us carefully examine the records before anyone 
is suspended. 

"Some small Chapters are having difficulties. Many of the 'old 
wheel-horses' have passed on and no doubt the fast pace of this modern 
world is taking its toll in regards to attendance. . . . 

"This Grand Chapter has had an illustrious past, but let us not be 
disillusioned in this for the time is here to take off our coats, roll up our 
sleeves and get to work if we wish to continue." 

The Grand Chaplain, the Rev. and Comp. Harvey H. Sander, was the 
speaker at the Grand Chapter banquet and he gave an outstanding ad- 
dress, parts of which I quote: 

"May I suggest at the outset that the basic responsibility of Masonry 
is the building of men. As partners of the human race we have a unique 
quality about us, a unique ability. So far as we can tell, we are the only 
ones who actually share in our own creation. It is possible for us, as 
some philosophers have said in recent days, to stand outside of ourselves 
and look at ourselves, that we can actuallv paint certain images of the 
kind of persons we would like to be. And, having done this, it is then 
possible for us to take steps to become that kind of person. We are co- 
creators of ourselves. Everv person who is alive, or has ever been alive, 
is morally responsible for the kind of individual he is, because he helped 
to create himself. This is something we ought nevr to forget. . . . 



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"Masonry is one of those unique organizations which assists us in 
this matter of co-creation, creation of ourselves. Now, we help build men 
by the following: 

"First of all, through the matter of study. We are able to profit by 
the accomplishments and mistakes of all who have gone before us. It is 
possible for us to go to any library and start pulling out the books and 
reading what others have done before us. So far as we know, again, of 
all creation, we are the only ones who can store up experience of bygone 
generations and then take these experiences and use thme in the building 
of ourselves, so that it no longer becomes necessary for us to make the 
mistakes of yester-year. We can look at these mistakes and then take 
steps to avoid them. 

"Now, may I suggest that in Masonry one of the greatest needs of 
the hour, so far as I can see, is adult education. Someone made a state- 
ment this afternoon which I think gets at the heart of the problem. He 
said that the only time we meet is to elect officers and to initiate candi- 
dates. Unfortunately this is the kind of image that all too many of us 
have of a Masonic Lodge — it is a place where you meet to initiate candi- 
dates. But the responsibility just begins at that point. If there isn't a 
constant cultivation of the candidates from then on you are going to lose 
them. . . . 

"These are some of the basic purposes of Masonry — the building of 
men. Building them through the stretching of their intellect, through 
study; building them through worship and building them through work. 
Now, for what? The basic purpose is the preservation of certain ideals 
which we hold dear. One of the problems, I suppose, is that we take most 
of that which is ours for granted — such as our freedom." 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Jerry K. Thomas. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Clarence E. Buehler. 

South Dakota (1963) 

The Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons 
of South Dakota was held at Rapid City on October 22 and 23, 1963. 

Chapters 32; membership June 30, 1963 — 4,088; net loss 20. 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Jerry K. Thomas. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Clarence E. Buehler. 

The Grand High Priest in his address stated, and I quote in part: 

"As I stand here this morning to give you my report I am filled with 
a deep sense of pride realizing that you have bestowed unon me the 
highest honor in your power to give and have entrusted this Grand Chap- 
ter to my care for the past year. It has been a busy year for me, yet a 
rich and rewarding one — one filled with memories of associations with 
some of the finest people in the world, of kindness and courtesies, all of 
which I will long treasure. But when I search the record for a listing of 
my accomplishments during this year I feel exceedingly humble indeed. I 
have not solved the problems which confront this Grand Chapter — the 
loss of membership — the demitting of Companions — the inactivity of 
some of our Chapters and a host of others. I can onlv offer the hope and 
desire that some of my efforts in behalf of this Grand Chapter have been 
in the right direction and may bear some future fruit — whether or not 
this is true only time will tell. . . . 

"I do not believe we need to accent this continued loss of membership 
as an inevitable and unalterable fact however. Statistics show that for 
every Royal Arch Mason in South Dakota there are five Ancient Craft 
Masons, so the potential is there, Companions — all we need to do is de- 



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velop it more fully. However, to do this we must have active Chapters 
and the record also shows that 37.5 per cent of the chartered Chapters 
did no work during the past term. They apparently are suffering from 
conditions of apathy or atrophy or perhaps both. One Chapter in the 
state has a current membership of 17 Companions and have not had an 
exaltation for seven years, and during that seven years have lost a total 
of 16 Companions through death, demit or suspension. Another Chapter 
has a current membership of 19 and has not had an exaltation since 1955, 
during which time they have lost by death, demit and suspension a total 
of nine Companions. I cite these tow extreme examples, but there are a 
few others who are headed down this same road and unless the tide is 
turned will be in a similar position within a few years. 

"I believe the time has come, and indeed may have come some time 
ago, that serious consideration be given to the merger or consolidation of 
several of our weaker Chapters with some of the stronger neighboring 
Chapters, thereby strengthening the potential for Royal Arch Masonry in 
the particular area. In this day of good roads and modern automobiles the 
close proximity of the Chapter to one's home is not as critical as it once 
was and certainly the nearby Chapters with 17 total members, of which 
undoubtedly some are non-resident, isn't going to be very successful in 
holding regular meetings, or in securing petitions, or in conferring de- 
grees if they did secure a petition!" 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Harry Stakke. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Clarence E. Buehler. 

Tennessee 

The 134th Annual Convocation of the Most Excellent Grand Chapter 
Royal Arch Masons of Tennessee was held in Nashville on March 25 and 
26, 1963. 

Chapters 85; membership December 31, 1962—16,893; net gain 122. 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. David Hollis Vaughn. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Thomas Earl Doss. 

The address of the Grand High Priest is a masterful one and it is 
regrettable that Royal Arch Masons everywhere could not read it in its 
entirety. I quote some of the most potent parts of it. 

"The Royal Craft of this State has my highest commendation. It was 
your devotion and zealous labors that has made this another successful 
year in Royal Arch Masonry in Tennessee. You made it possible for me 
to say that we have had an increase each year for twenty-two consecutive 
years. Victory is sweet, loss is bitter! We cannot rest content with our 
victory but apply ourselves with even greater zeal to meet the ever in- 
creasing challenges that face us each day and each year. 

"It is vital that we project an image of Masonry to the world — an 
image of ourselves as Masons as we would want the world to know us. 
Some times, it seems, that we dwell too much on our antique origin, world 
figures who were Masons, the great number of members that belong to 
the fraternity and dwell not enough on the image that brings us this 
distinction, provides us with character and stature. . . . 

"To fulfill the duties we have assumed and the virtues we are to 
practice, we must become interested students of Masonry. So many times 
it has been said, 'I just don't know how to get petitions for the capitular 
degrees.' Why? Because somewhere along the road we recited the ritual 
but failed to get the meaning across. Any Master Mason who has found 
interest, instruction and inspiration in the Symbolic Degrees will be truly 
thrilled by the additional light thrown upon the Symbolic Lodge degrees 



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by the inspiring degree of Royal Arch Mason. Our commodity is all good 
and will stand every test. It is used throughout the world. What better 
recommendation is there? Let's tell the story with enthusiasm. . . 

"Attendance and interest at our regular meetings continue to plague 
us. This is of grave concern. I, therefore, urge that you make your meet- 
ings as short and interesting as you can in keeping with solemnity of the 
Order. Appoint program and attendance chairmen to get the craft out. 
Give them good and wholesome instruction and a desire to return. You 
can get good work out of those who do not care to be ritualists and dis- 
cover leaders who will be a credit to your Chapter. 

" 'Nothing succeeds like success' — while we are still able to move 
forward a little each year is the time to put our shoulders to the wheel 
and push with all our might. The highest wages paid any craftsman is 
the satisfaction that he has been useful our 'labor of love' and that is 
the only wages paid for your Masonic labors." 

The report of the Committee on Advancement of Royal Arch Masonry 
is also most stimulating, and I quote portions of it: 

"The year 1962 has shown to all of us what can be done in Capitular 
Masonry if we are willing to work hard and devote ourselves to the task 
which is immediately ahead of. Most Excellent Grand High Priest Vaughn 
is to be commended for the fine program and hard work he has done to 
make this year successful. This 122 net gain was a direct result of plan- 
ning in the beginning. . . . 

"One of the things that hurts our net gain most is the N.P.D. and this 
point is stressed each year by your committee. We feel that a committee 
should be appointed from the subordinate Chapters to help the Blue 
Lodges in the collection of dues among those members who belong to the 
Chapter. Many times a Blue Lodge member is dropped who is a member 
of the Chapter and that leaves no alternative for the Chapter. We believe 
that this can best be eliminated by working together. 

"In soliciting members for the capitular degrees we should look at 
the quality rather than quantity. A person who receives the degrees and 
never attends will soon demit and we find that we have gained very little 
except a few dollars for the degrees. What we really need in Masonry 
today is outstanding men who have an influence on the outside world by 
the kind of life they live day by day. . . . 

"We believe that every member should be made to feel that he is a 
part of the Chapter. This can be done by putting him to work. If we will 
only let them know that we have confidence in them many will turn out 
to be good workers. . . . 

"Help other Chapters when needed, have projects to keep all members 
active and busv, encourage reeular church attendance among the mem- 
bers, and as officers of your Chapters always be ready to assist a Com- 
panion with any problem that he may have." 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comn. Charles Oakley Bledsoe. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Thomas Earl Doss. 

Utah 

The 52nd Annual Convocation of the Most Excellent Grand Chapter 
Royal Arch Masons of Utah was held at Ogden on May 13, 1963. 

Chapters 7; members-bin April 13. 1963—1,425: net loss 22. 

Grand Hig-h Priest: M.E. Comp. Warren R. Tyler. 

Acting Grand Secretary: Robert E. Kimberlin. 

The Grand High Priest in his address made this interesting observa- 
tion on membership: 

"On September 30, 1962, I wrote to the Secretary of each of the 



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Chapters in the State advising them it was my desire and my order that 
those exalted and affiliated from May 7, 1962, to May 13, 1963, become 
members of the 'BERT ATWATER CLASS' dedicated to his memory. 

"Also, I set a quota of new members for each Chapter in the State of 
approximately ten per cent of their membership reported in April, 1962. 
Generally the result has been disappointing. Other states have accomp- 
lished this objective but I believe with a longer time for preparation and 
a more active and sustained drive. I hope this effort will be carried on for 
several years. I know there are plenty of prospective members and if we 
can persuade our officers to plan and conduct a continuous effort to con- 
tact them the result will be gratifying to them, helpful to our order and 
beneficial to those who thus obtain 'More Light in Masonry. 9 

"TIPS ON SECURING PETITIONS: 

"1. Always make a personal call. 

"2. Use the telephone only to make an appointment if that is neces- 
sary. 

"3. Be sure to call on members of the Scottish Rite. The fact that 
they have petitioned for that work indicates their interest in 'More 
Light.' 

"4. Emphasize that the Royal Arch Chapter is a continuation of the 
work in the Blue Lodge. The Mark Master Degree was probably part of 
the Fellowcraft Degree and is certainly closely related to it. The Royal 
Arch Degree has always been closely related to the Master Mason De- 
gree. When the two Grand Lodges in England were united in 1813 one of 
the articles of agreement declared that 'Ancient Craft Masonry shall con- 
sist of the degrees of Entered Apprentice, Fellowcraft and Master Mason, 
together with the Holy Royal Arch.' w 

And later: 

"Recommendation No. 5. That each High Priest appoint a Committee 
on Attendance whose duty it shall be to contact resident members, urge 
their attendance and perhaps arrange to pick them up and bring them to 
the next Convocation of the Chapter." 

The Grand King in his report referred to the following: 

"It is my observation that although some may attain the honor of the 
higher offices in Royal Arch Masonry, it is still a fact that every Com- 
panion should make his contribution to further the influence of the Royal 
Arch as well as other branches of Masonry. Surely there are no Com- 
panions of the Royal Arch who do not feel that they have been highly 
honored to have become a Companion of the Royal Arch. We may at times 
become a little indifferent, but I am confident that if it should happen 
that some individual or group of individuals should bring right to our 
doorstep the threat of destroying our organisation or force us to with- 
draw from it. that our interest and fears would be aroused to such a point 
that we would sacrifice almost anything to protect our organization and 
our rights as free Americans. 

"Let us all keen our ultimate destination always in view and make 
every effort to further the influence of Royal Arch Masonry, in spite of 
any obstacles that might confront us." 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. William F. Davis. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Robert E. Kimberlin. 

Vermont 

The 146th Annual Convocation of the Grand Chanter of the Royal 
Arch Masons of the State of Vermont was held at Burlington on June 11, 
1963. 

Chapters 27; membership April 30, 1963— 3\947; net loss 125. 
Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. H. Herman Hertzberg. 



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Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Aaron H. Grout. 

The Grand High Priest reported in his address, and I quote: 

"Our beloved Grand Chapter is in fine shape, both physically and 
financially. Our Grand Treasurer reports a substantial increase in our 
financial condition. Our records show some loss in membership through- 
out the jurisdiction, but some of our Chapters have shown a good gain in 
membership and I feel this is a heartening trend and I trust we are at 
last on the upward rather than the downward ways. If more our Com- 
panions would work on our Blue Lodge brethren, explaining the light of 
Capitular Masonry, I'm sure our rite would grow and grow and our great 
work would go on to further glory." 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Joseph T. Maclay. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Aaron H. Grout. 

Victoria (Australia) 

Quarterly Convocations of The Supreme Grand Chapter of Victoria 
were held at Melbourne April 18, July 18 and October 17, 1962, and Janu- 
ary 16, 1963. 

Chapters 108; membership December, 1962—10,595; net loss 136. 

First Grand Principal: M.Em. Comp. D. Swan. 

Grand Scribe E.: M.Em. Comp. H. 0. Thomas. 

The communications from the Grand Z. are indeed gems of wisdom 
and language, parts of which I quote: 

"At the close of my first year as your First Grand Principal I am 
filled with thanksgiving and admiration for the influence of our Illus- 
trious Order in creating so much companionship and friendliness. The 
unstinting service given by so many 'without fee or reward,' well knowing 
that the reward is in being so honored as to be able to render service has 
been very evident throughout the year, and as I pass from one team to 
another I feel assured that the same enthusiasm will be evident in the 
new team of Grand Officers. . . . 

"One of the lovely events which brought the year to a close on a 
spiritual note was the service held last Sunday evening at the church at 
which I worship, when the Grand Officers of both teams, the Grand 
Chapter choir and several members of the Exemplification Team, accom- 
panied by their lady folk, attended in great numbers. The lessons were 
read by Grand Zerubbabel and Grand Haggai, and the address was de- 
livered by Grand Jeshua. The numbers by the choir were appreciated by 
all present.*' 

This Proceedings records interesting papers of Masonic interest and 
this apoears to be an established practice. The subjects dealt with are 
Ezra, Nehemiah and The Sojourners. These must be read to be fully ap- 
preciated and are too lengthy to be recorded in this review. 

Elections- 
First Grand Principal: M.Em. Comp. Rev. C. T. F. Goy. 

Grand Scribe E.: M.Em. Comp. H. C. Thomas. 

West Virginia 

The 93rd Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter Royal Arch 
Masons of West Virginia was held at Charleston on October 14 and 15, 
1963. 

Chapters 47; membership June 30, 1963—10,489; net loss 185. 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Samuel G. Williamson. 

Grand Secretary: R.E. Comp. Nelson S. Orkney. 

The address of the Grand High Priest indicated he had applied him- 



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self with great diligence to his responsibilities and particularly in the 
matter of visitation in his jurisdiction. 

Electons — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. James D. Jeffries. 

Grand Secretary: R.E. Comp. Nelson S. Orkney. 

Washington 

The 79th Annual Convocation of the Most Excellent Grand Chapter 
Royal Arch Masons of Washington was held in Yakima on May 23 and 
24, 1963. 

Chapters 57; membership December 31, 1962—8,826; net loss 327. 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Edward Young. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Walter H. Steffey. 

The Grand High Priest in his address voiced a spirit of optimism, as 
shown by the following excerpts: 

"One year ago I stated that if during the year we could promote a 
'Spirit of Achievement' we would have accomplished something worth 
while. I can now report to you that we have accomplished this in a large 
measure. 

"I am very firmly convinced that the many negative aspects of our 
organization, both statistically and fraternally, have entered a positive 
stage. 

"There is very definitely a new spirit of enthusiasm in our Chapters. 
We are now witnessing the rebirth of a very pronounced spirit of unity 
of purpose and effort. We now have a great humanitarian project in which 
we can all join hands and work for a common interest. 

"In some respects this project is being received and endorsed by 
persons outside of our fraternity with greater enthusiasms than by some 
of our own members. 

"We have observed the influx of a greater number of younger men 
into our Chapters and into our officer lineup, and we also witness an 
effort toward greater proficiency in our ritualistic work. 

"There is less talk on the theme of 'Defeatism' and more on the sub- 
ject of Chapter improvement. There is a feeling in some Chapters that 
their ranks having been reduced by death and community stagnation to a 
point where they add nothing to strengthen the Masonic edifice, that they 
consolidate with other Chapters and enjoy a rebirth of Fraternalism and 
Fellowship. 

"Any success which has been established during the past year is a 
direct result of a concerted effort by those dedicated Companions who 
have served this Grand Chapter as officers in the line, deputies of the 
Grand High Priest, Elective Officers and those fine Officers and Com- 
panions of the Constituent Chapters, together with an ever-ready hand of 
assistance from our Past Grand High Priests. It has been an All Hands, 
All Out, affair. In trying to express my appreciation for the privilege of 
serving this Grand Chapter as your Grand High Priest I have deliberately 
avoided mentioning names, certainly there are scores of them to whom I 
owe a great personal debt. It would surely require the wisdom of Solomon 
to determine where to start and when to stop and I would surely be on 
record as having forgotten those to whom I owed the most. So, to all of 
you, my good Companions, my deepest gratitude for the most wonderful 
and inspirational year of my life. Nothing could ever compare with the 
priceless gift you have given me. May it be my good fortune to retain 
forever your confidence and esteem." 

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address and the following quotation surely applies today perhaps more 
than it did in 1913: 

"From Most Excellent Companion John M. Arneston, who was Grand 
Orator in 1913, may I quote: 'We who are members of this Grand Chap- 
ter are proud of our titles; but a title is an honor only when it has been 
honestly earned. There is only one way in which to earn our titles and 
that is to help make men wiser, better and consequently happier, to lead 
men to preceive the GREAT TRUTH that we are operative, not specula- 
tive builders, actually engaged in the construction of our SPIRITUAL 
TEMPLE, or we are not Royal Arch Masons in the true sense. That to 
be a Royal Arch Mason in the true sense one must work unceasingly in 
clearing away the rubbish from his life and character; to discover that 
which is lost or rather hidden from him, that it can never be communi- 
cated to him, but that he must discover it for himself.' " 

The report of the Royal Arch Masons Children's Heart Foundation is 
most inspiring and it is regrettable that space precludes quoting it en- 
tirely, but I quote some parts, as follows: 

"One year ago the fundamental set-up of the Royal Arch Masons 
Children's Heart Foundation was presented to you, which included the 
Articles of Incorporation and the Bylaws of the Corporation. At that 
time voluntary contributions in the amount of approximately $1,400.00 
had been made. 

"... Not only was the financial and familial status of the appli- 
cant's family requested, but a statement from the attending physician 
or hospital was required. This included diagnostic studies, which had 
been made to determine the exact medical status of the patient and the 
chances to achieve permanent and successful improvement after opera- 
tion. Thus costly diagnostic services would not have to be bourne by our 
organization and the operative and hospital fees only would be paid by 
us. It was further recognized that each Chapter should have an integral 
interest in the applicant, not only acting as sponsor, but having a chance 
to follow the case through to a successful termination . . . 

"After our first application was received, the Board of Trustees 
deemed it wise to ask two members of the Board to personally check the 
family by visiting them in their home and to explain the charity of the 
Royal Arch Masons Children's Heart Foundation. The family would thus 
become apprised of our Order in a very tangible and impressive way. On 
the other hand, the Trustees would become aware of the utter need of 
some cases and on the other hand, the gratefulness and impact of our 
charity, perhaps for the first time. 

"Our funds have now reached in excess of $4,700.00, all from volun- 
tary contributions, plus a little interest from savings. We have just paid 
out our first hospital and surgical fees. It is interesting to no-te that our 
charity has won the approval of the University of Washington Hospital 
and Surgical Service in that both their fees have been reduced 25 per 
cent. They felt that they too would make a contribution to our worthy 
cause. 

"Our first case, Elizabeth Doty of Mount Vernon, Washington, has 
made a prompt recovery from her surgery, not only in heart function, but 
mentally and physically as well, as will be demonstrated this afternoon in 
this Chapter room. Two other applications have been approved, one from 
Triple Tau Chapter and another from Pasco. Some delay in operative 
procedures has been found necessary in the first of these two cases, to 
allow the child to reach an optimum age for surgery. Funds have not 
been available to process any other cases." 

It is also noted that this Grand Chapter's Constitution provides for an 



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assessment of $1.00 per year from every member of its constituent 
chapters. 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Robert Watterson. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Walter H. Steffey. 

Wisconsin 

The 113th Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch 
Masons of the State of Wisconsin was held in Manitowoc, on May 6, 1963. 
Chapters 95; Membership December 31, 1962—16,924; Net loss 517. 
Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Merle E. Hutchins. 
Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Earl B. Bauer. 

The Grand High Priest in his address proved how diligently he had 
applied his time and talents to the responsibilities of his high and im- 
portant office, and I quote: 

"To those delegates who have not before attended an Annual Con- 
vocation of the Grand Chapter my we say, 'Join with us in our labors and 
partake of our fellowship.' May each delegate and companion receive 
and take back to his Chapter new thoughts, greater inspiration and a 
determination to more diligently promote Royal Arch and York Rite 
Masonry . . . 

"Companions, the report that I have to make to you at this time is 
one that it hurts me to have to make. It hurts because my love of 
Masonry, and especially of the Royal Arch, makes it difficult for me to 
understand how you leader of Royal Arch Masonry in many of our Chap- 
ters can permit conditions to exist, and even cause them to exist in some 
cases, such as I have found in many places and which is reflected in the 
Recapitaulation of Transactions for the calendar year of 1962. Lack of 
knowledge of our laws, or willful violation of those laws, has been fre- 
quently evident. Disinterested or unqualified leadership is equally ap- 
parent in many Chapters. 

"Yet, I have been in Chapters where designs have been drawn on the 
trestleboard by enthusiastic leaders and are being followed. These 
Chapters are active and the members are interested. Through such 
leadership, the membership is growing despite the general trend toward 
loss in membership, Requests for demits and exclusions for N.P.D. are 
held to low figures through maintaining the interest of the members 
and by activity on the part of the Secretary and the Grand Council to 
see that delinquency does not get too far . . . 

"Losses from Non-payment of dues could be reduced if programs of 
interest to the companions are planned and executed in your Chapters 
and if the Secretary and Grand Council would thoroughly investigate and 
determine the cause of delinquency on the part of a companion when it 
first becomes apparent. I believe that too many Chapter officers, 
through lack of interest or lack of desire to exert themselves, fail to 
contact a delinquent companion at an early period of delinquency and 
continue to contact him as long as he is delinquent. Thus, a companion 
is eventually lost. 

"Companions, the future of your chapter is still in your hands and 
can be only in your hands. You must find the interested and devoted 
leaders. You must plan the programs for maintaining the interest of 
your members. You must instill interest and impart the lessons of Royal 
Arch Masonry to your candidates in such a manner that they understand 
our teachings and maintain their interest through the years. You must 
visit your sick and let them know that you are interested in their welfare. 



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You are the leaders of your Chapters. The Grand Officers will be always 
willing to assist you on your problems, when called upon, but you are 
the firing line and must carry the load of a leader. If your leadership 
is good, your Chapter will progress. If it is poor, your Chapter will 
regress . . . 

"As I conclude this report, so I also come to the end of eight years 
of a rich and rewarding experience. Not in financial gain or increase 
in worldly goods but in friendships made and experiences shared. In the 
internal satisfaction that perhaps I have helped and encouraged someone 
along the way so that their load was made lighter. And, in a selfish way, 
in an improvement in my ability to meet people and to adjust to new 
situations by a break-through or breakdown of my New England reserve. 
There are hundreds of Companions and brother Masons to whom I am 
indebted and that I would like to thank for encouragement, advice and 
friendliness. Without this, I would not have been able to continue. I, 
therefore, give general thanks to all of you and to those who are not 
present here, for your help to me along the way." 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Clarence W. Haake. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Earl B. Bauer. 






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